ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

FOOD ALLERGIES: How To Save Your Life - Part Two

Updated on January 30, 2011


Kung Fu Panda Cake
Kung Fu Panda Cake

A few weeks later at mom’s home in Fort Pierce after another bout of tongue swelling and visit to the local emergency room, I saw a board certified allergist for blood tests.  His nurse called two weeks later to tell me the tests were normal and I needn’t go back.  Right.  It’s normal for your tongue to swell up big enough to fill your mouth.  Meanwhile, my face had swollen three times at weekly intervals, but I had some prednisone they’d given me at the emergency rooms and the facial swelling didn’t debilitate me as had the tongue swelling.  However, I looked like a chipmunk..
    In late October I returned to the mountains to close the cabin for the winter. 
    I’ve always been allergic to bees and wasps.  Spring and fall I suffer from hay fever.  House-hunting in 1991, I’d received a wasp sting on the ear at one house I was checking out.  I’d headed for the hospital emergency room and was treated by the doctor who later became my personal physician.
    November 13th, back in the mountains: my birthday.  To celebrate, I went out for Chinese food and woke at midnight with my tongue swollen on the right side.  Swallowed a prednisone tablet, grabbed a bowl of ice cubes, and headed for the hospital.  The emergency room nurse, filling out forms, said, “Oh, it’s your birthday.  Happy Birthday!”  I said, “Thang you very muh.”  I spent the rest of the night in the emergency room.  Since it was time for my annual physical I assured them I’d see my regular doctor the next day.
    I related the sad tale to my doctor, finishing with, “I’ve looked up ‘tongue swelling’ on the internet but can’t find anything.”  He said, “You have ‘angioedema’.  Look that up.”  He told me one treatment was steroids, which he didn’t favor, and suggested I stick to antihistamines.  He said, “At the first sign of swelling, break a Benedryl capsule between your teeth so the powder coats your tongue.  And tell your dentist.  Avoid tongue trauma.”
    Bingo!  My small town doctor had diagnosed me where the allergist had failed.  I researched angioedema and its common causes.  Mine was a result of bingeing on aspirin -- as a sleep aid and pain reliever -- and peppermint candy-- a favorite nighttime snack.  I’d thought peppermint was healthy -- low in fat and cholesterol -- but discovered that like many other spices, it’s chock full of natural salicylates. 
    I’m on a low salicylate diet now.  No more tongue or facial swelling.  No more upset stomach or intestinal cramps in the middle of the night.  As a side benefit I’ve even lost a little weight!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)