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Hives, Rashes, and Allergies OH MY!
I love food! I really meant that I love food. I love to dream about it, love to make it, and best of all I love to eat it. So when I randomly started breaking out in hives for no apparent reason 2 months ago the last thing I thought was maybe this is being caused by food. I had never had any allergy to foods, just a few dogs and my Mexican hairless rat (Fluffy). So here are my experiences with the start of my allergic reactions…..
It started out just happening one time after I had been to the gym. I thought maybe I had over done it. The next week it happened again. The week after that same thing, but now I wasn’t exercising. Then the hives started showing up every couple of days for no real reason, which I could find. Next thing I know the hives are every day and thinking what in the world is happening? About 2 weeks later the hives were popping up multiple times a day. Then one day they happened 3 times and I had had enough! I called the doctor’s office and they were able to get me in that day. I explained what had been going on and he said, “Your allergic to something.” NO WAY!?? REALLY?!? Was all I could think, but of course not say because I am not completely rude, most of the time. He referred me to an allergist and said take an allergy medication every morning to prevent reactions.
After the appointment with the doctor I was doing well taking the medication until I forgot for 3 whole days. I had no reaction so I stupidly thought, well maybe I am ok now. Literally that night hives again. I went for a run after dinner an on the way back I could feel the top of my head breaking out in hives again. I was sad but not that worried until I got home. I told my husband to look at my lower back because it felt really bad and itchy. He said it was. I told him look at my chest it has hives on it. He said yes it does. Then he just started to panic as I sat in a cool tub trying to calm the hives down. He kept telling me to get out and go to the hospital. I said I was fine. He went and got a camera took a picture of my face and back. I agreed to go to the hospital after I freaked out for a few minutes. I looked like I had been stung by bees a million times or attacked with a small bat leaving golf ball size welts on my scalp, face, and back. They just kept getting worse. I decided it would be best if I went to the hospital.
I drove myself while my husband waited for my mother to come and watch the kids for us. On my way to the hospital it was getting worse and harder to breathe. I started to think about how crazy this was and how bad it looked. I hoped there would not be any children there because I had scared my own daughter with how bad my face was swollen and lumpy. As I sit in the waiting room I was getting nervous and my mind started to race until I reminded myself to pray and then I calmed down quite a bit. Then I started to have a beat red all over rash from head to literal toes. So now I am a raised tiny bump lobster with hives. Awesome! I was told to go into one of the rooms; by the way everyone there was very rude for some reason. One of the nurses looked at me and said, eww….that looks terrible. Why thank you for your honesty good sir. I sat on the bed waiting for the doctor. He came in and took one look at me and said she needs meds right now. They gave me a steroid shot, a shot of Benadryl, and then a Pepcid (which I was unaware of this, but Pepcid has antihistamines in it that can help block food allergies, good to know right?) The medication started to work within a half hour. After about 2 hours in the hospital they released me with a prescription for Benadryl and more steroids. They also told me to take Pepcid twice a day. I spoke to a pharmacist to be sure that I could take Claritin instead, she said yes. So I got all of this medication and started taking it. So far so good thought it is quite strange to think I need medication to keep me from having a serious allergic reaction to some unknown food, but I am thankful that I haven’t had any shellfish lately (it is my favorite food and I could never give it up!) Oh and thankful that it was not more severe, but really seriously happy about the shellfish.
I will be seeing the allergist soon and that will be a whole different Hub. So if you have allergies look for it in a few weeks.