Ready for a list?
He is very allergic to cats, and we have one. She's 17, and we just won't get another. Meanwhile, we've been advised to keep the cat away from him, have him wash his hands after handling her, and change our air filter frequently. We could do shots for this and his bad dust allergy. He has an allergy to dogs which is thankfully mild, so no problems there other than the fact that getting a dog wouldn't be such a hot idea.
We already have a documented nickel allergy. This child has a severe, horrid reaction to nickel. He had a little bracelet as a preschooler with a large nickel snap. It took all my bravery to take that boy to the doctor because it sure LOOKED LIKE someone burnt him with a large cigar. It only took a few days, and it realllly did look awful.
He also has a milk allergy, just like Woodjie. He had milk on his cereal and in his cup for breakfast this morning, but lunch was a sad affair. Potato bread from Woodjie's stash. Soy milk. No chips. You would think that barbecue or salt n vinegar chips wouldn't have milk in them. (You'd be mistaken.) He had some Fritos from Woodjie's stash. Ohhh, some little boy has a lot of adjustments to handle.
D asked why he couldn't just go on eating milk and why bother not feeding him stuff he's allergic to if we haven't seen a major problem as yet? So... I did some research.
For starters, loose or bloody stools are a common symptom. Now, I don't search through anyone's stools, but seems to me you wouldn't want ANY blood in your stool, let alone wait for stuff to get so bad that you can SEE the blood in them. And chronic snuffles. Emperor is always just a little nasal there, but mind you, I'm guessing it's going to be hard to tell which allergies are bothering him when.
I know you're reading, so there you go, D.
Here's a link readers may find interesting: there are several different ways to test for allergies. The method we used for Emperor is called the "fast" method. As implied, the "fast" method would show a pretty immediate reaction to the allergen in the blood. To my mind, all the more reason to try to avoid the allergens or at least reduce them.