is it possible to be allergic to crystallized honey but not regular?

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Posted 1/31/2013 by blue tulip in NSBR Board

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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:44:37 AM
i've tried googling, but am not finding a lot, so i was hoping the peas could help!

when i eat chicken strips i dip them in honey. the last couple times have been at restaurants. last night i had honey from the store, the generic bear bottle kind, and it had crystallized a little bit so it was thicker. i didn't heat it up enough, just used it in it's semi-liquid state.

soon after i got an itchy widespread rash from my jawline/lower cheek around my neck and chest and even shoulders. nothing else is different. was the store kind, which i haven't eaten in over a year, more concentrated or pure than the restaurant kind do you think, is that why i had a reaction? i have been getting more allergies as i get older, but i just ate restaurant honey 2 weeks ago with no issue. any insight would be appreciated!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:33:14 AM
I can't imagine how it would be possible - it's the same composition as uncrystalized. You could have acquired an allergy, or it could be that you're allergic to some pollens and not others - and the one that caused the reaction was made by bees in a different location, thus different pollen traces were in it.

I would be surprised if restaurant vs. grocery store honey was noticibly different in concentration/purity. Raw honey is the less-filtered stuff that you would typically get at the farmer's market or something, and it has more pollen in it than the more filtered commercial varieties. So, local/small-scale-production honey will have more potentially reactive pollen in it than a standard $3 bear from the grocery store. Some people swear by eating local raw honey to build their immunities to the local pollens & decrease their allgery symptoms, but I offer no opinion on that - just haven't looked into it.

I'm not sure if that's helpful or not, but it's all I've learned on the subject from hobbyist beekeeper DH.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:35:51 AM
Honey is made from flowers, so yes, you could be allergic to one type honey, but not another. I would say it was the flowers that particular honey was made from, rather than that it had crystallized.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:36:36 AM
Could be the flowers that the bees gathered from vs. the composition. I am mildly allergic to honey, especially during hayfever season.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:42:00 AM
thanks guys! i didn't think it sounded right that one form would be different than the other. the different locations/flowers sounds like the likely culprit. i guess i'll have to find what brand i don't react to, and hope that they get their honey from consistant sources and not switch.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:57:51 AM
I would be questioning the additives. Many restaurant and grocery store brands have very little real honey. Some have been found to be colored and flavored corn syrup. Who knows what they would do when they change forms. In addition, they would be so processed that the risk from pollen would be minimal.

If you were reacting to a raw healthfood store brand, I could see it being the pollen or something in there.

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