could i be allergic to JICAMA?

every once in awhile — maddeningly untraceably infrequently — i get what seems to be some sort of allergic reaction.  my skin gets itchy and hivey.  frequently on my hands; sometimes on my legs and arms. quite uncomfortable for a matter of 5 minutes or maybe a half an hour tops, then it vanishes.  then i try to think back.  what did i just touch? what the HECK am i allergic to?  i have never found it.

this is how i get to the point where i gift my thousands of dear readers with a log (nay, blog) of everything i have exposed my body to in the past couple of days, and hence begins the long, dangerously slippery process of “internet self-diagnosis.”  perhaps someone, somewhere will KNOW the answer.

as it is, just today, something has been giving me a rash on my hands, all may long!

could it be related to the “amylactin” body creme? it is high in lactose… but this comes on couple hours after lunch, strong — but maybe just because i would sit outside with my hand in the sun — and if the hand had had the creme on it? but surely i wash my hands of it during the day before then?  or MAYBE it’s the soap at work.  which is not a common denominator from the days it happens at home. harrumph; bafflement continues:

Date: Fri May 16, 2003 8:32:35 PM US/Pacific
Subject: ragout and other oddities
on thursday morning, ~ 9a, ~20 hours after eating that salad from the work salad bar (not that i draw conclusions!), i had an upset stomach. drank mint camomile tea. following morning, friday, also had some cramping/not as severe.

but it was also tuesday night i had the least cooked piece of salmon…

On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, i consumed:
green tea
ruby mist tea

lefthand in sun at lunch:
baby field greens
garbonzo beans
red potato salad
tofu marinated in _____
green salsa stuff
olive oil / balsamic / rocksalt / rainbow peppercorns
olive roll
rootbeer – with half soda, half empty-coke-soda-only spigot stuff

rash on left hand
by 4:30, 5p it was on both hands…

On Thursday, May 1, 2003,
sat with this arm, the right arm, in the sun for about an hour at lunch. started raised itchy blotches on the top of the hand; spread to spots up the arm.
over eight hours later the hives, though diminished, are still there and itchy…
hhmm, sun activated?

On Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 03:45 PM,
acute contact urticaria
Angioedema: what is it?
salicylates, preservatives (benzoates), and artificial coloring (azo dyes)

cheiropomphylix, a pompous word if ever there was one. But really it’s just hives of the fingers.

Thursday, May 01, 2003 3:30
twirling wheat allergy?
juniper berry?
Butternut Squash, Carrots, Parsnips
Ragout over Pasta
Cal 519 Fat 29g Chol 90mg Fiber 6g
butterscotch / english toffee frozen yogurt