Welcome to the club everyone.
I'll teach you the secret handshake later, the first thing you need to know, everything has corn in until proven otherwise. Your allergist probably doesn't know this, because it is not a common diagnosis in the US and the list of things you need to avoid has the obvious things like popcorn and corn chips. What you may need to avoid is actually a much more complex list, depending on the severity of your allergy;there is a lot of hidden corn in foods & drugs that most allergists are not aware of unless they have corn allergic patients. The links you need are here: http://www.cornallergic.org/links. This is going to seem like a lot of info, but remember you will feel better as you eliminate hidden corn from your diet. Talk to doctor and go back to her/him with your info.
If this really was a club, our top secret handbook would start with these rules:
- If you don't know what's in it, don't put it in your mouth.
- When in doubt, spit it out.
- Say it loud and proud, "No, Thank You. I'm Allergic."
- Test new foods like they could be poisonous.
- Trust no one with your food, till YOU are comfortable they understand the consequences.
- Emergency Meds -- Don't leave home without them EVER.
- Have a safe place for your food - Make some space, be it your home or your room and a kitchen cupboard and a shelf in the fridge, an allergy free zone.
- If it goes in you, on you, or you touch it or breath it in, it must be allergen free. Check everything - food, drinks, medications, toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning products. You are not paranoid, you are smart and safe.
- Don't Panic -- staying calm during a reaction keeps you safe and helps minimize the reaction.
- Get a medical alert bracelet-- wear it (There are options for every style).