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A couple of years ago, I got skin prick tests to see what
A couple of years ago, I got skin prick tests to see what I'm allergic to. I've had oral allergy syndrome for years, and suspected I was allergic to almonds as well. Well apparently I'm allergic to all tree nuts, and, although I've eaten them with no problems for years, peanuts. I told my allergist I eat Reese's Cups pretty regularly without problems. The only thing I can think of is once, years ago, (probably around age 14) my mouth felt slightly itchy when I ate peanut butter by itself. At that point, I got an itchy mouth from all sorts of things, and was still eating raw fruits and vegetables regularly, so it could have been anything. I told him all of this, and he said to just keep doing what I'm doing, and that I might have a tolerance, but if I have a severe reaction, use my epi pen.
Anyway, now, every time I eat a Reese's Cup, I panic, and the back of my throat feels weird. I can't tell whether it's the peanut butter sliding down my throat, or if I'm allergic. Sometimes, I go through periods where I'm not scared, and the feeling goes away a little while later, I imagine when the food gets further down my esophagus.
Basically, I'm terrified right now, and I have no idea whether I have a real allergy or a false positive. I have frequent peanut butter-eaters in my house, and they don't always wash their hands afterward. Sometimes I feel a weird feeling in the back of my throat when I eat other foods, but usually those foods are pretty sodium-rich. Either way, I wind up panicking. I got that way after eating non-allergic food, hours later, and went to the ER. Nothing. Nothing was wrong, reading over my tests, I was a little dehydrated.
I'm very confused. Sometimes I'll try to eat a Reeses Cup, and try to wait out the panic attack and see if any other symptoms come up... I can always breathe fine, I never have hives, I keep track of my blood pressure, and it never drops. No stomach symptoms. It's just that sort of thick, throat feeling, almost like post nasal drip, but more solid.
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