DH had an ANA reaction last night!!!!

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By bandbmom on Fri, 12-22-06, 02:12

DH has many environmental allergies, but has never been diagnosed with food allergies. He tested positive to melon and parsley on his skin prick test and, after doing some research, it looks like he has oral allergy syndrome. We are not quite sure what caused the ana reaction last night and again this afternoon, though.

Last night, we had McDonald's for dinner and DH had a fish sandwich; the night before we also had fish and had fish sticks on Sunday night, so I'm thinking it might be a fish allergy. All fish had pollock as a common ingredient. Last night, he started developing hives on his body, then on his neck and then had a burning sensation on his tongue and began coughing. He said he didn't feel like his throat was closing and he wasn't having difficulty breathing. He took benadryl and we pulled out his Epi-Pen, which he was prescribed for bee stings. He did not use the epi, but the nurse at the allergist's office said he should have when he called this morning because of the burning sensation in his mouth. If it would have been DS, I would have used the epi for sure, but DH said he didn't feel like he was in distress.

This afternoon at work, DH had a luncheon where fish was served along with chicken and he said parsley was on everything. He avoided the fish, but we all know it could have been cross contaminated with the fish. He had redness on his neck and went to the allergist's office and saw the nurse. The redness on his neck got worse and then it progressed to neck swelling. They gave him benadryl and a shot of epinephrine. He has an appt. with the actual allergist on Jan. 4 now for further testing.

We are hoping that it's not fish, but it sure is pointing to that.

My DH has other serious medical problems (narcolepsy and Crohn's disease) and I feel bad that he now has to deal with this! The reaction last night was very worrisome! I hope he can find out what caused it.

Tracy

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By falcon on Fri, 12-22-06, 03:12

So sorry you guys are going thru all that! Hang in there. Even though it is one more thing to worry about...you will probably feel much better when you find out what the cause is so you can avoid it.

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By McCobbre on Fri, 12-22-06, 03:28

I'm sorry to read about this. I hope when he is tested that a shellfish panel is included, too.

Just from what you wrote, it looks like fish, but I would want to know about shellfish, too, if I were you.

I'm SFA and have pretty much avoided fish, even though I'm not allergic to it. I'm terrified of cross contamination. I finally decided to eat a McD's fish sandwich (I miss fish), because I thought that it had a less likely chance of xcontam. The first two times were fine, but the third time I had a minor reaction.

I sounds like it's probably fish, but while you're at it, be exhaustive.

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By Daisy on Fri, 12-22-06, 05:21

Quote:Originally posted by bandbmom:
[b]DH has many environmental allergies, but has never been diagnosed with food allergies...

Last night, we had McDonald's for dinner and DH had a fish sandwich; the night before we also had fish and had fish sticks on Sunday night, so I'm thinking it might be a fish allergy....

We are hoping that it's not fish, but it sure is pointing to that.

My DH has other serious medical problems (narcolepsy and Crohn's disease) and I feel bad that he now has to deal with this! The reaction last night was very worrisome! I hope he can find out what caused it.

Tracy[/b]

I was told I was probably developing Crohn's just before we were to be married. Had terrible, progressive GI symptoms.

Now I know that an actual Crohn's diagnosis is based on a very specific set of symptoms/test results, but the jury is still out on just what causes it. Too many theories to count.

Please ask for RAST, and confirm with SPT if negative. At times, my very obviously positive shellfish allergy has been RAST negative. [i]go figure...[/i]

Please keep us posted on his results. So glad he is ok.

Daisy

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By KIMMO on Thu, 12-28-06, 01:28

I'm so sorry to hear about your DH's reactions. I hope that you figure it out really soon. Keep us posted & let us know what you find out.

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By Gail W on Fri, 12-29-06, 01:07

Just saw this Tracy. I'm so sorry this happened. Please keep us updated and let us know what the test results.

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By bandbmom on Fri, 01-05-07, 15:29

DH went for his skin test last night, but has to go back again in one week because there was too much antihistamine still in his system (they skin tested him for the antihistamine somehow - forget what he said exactly, but it showed too much, even though he stopped it Monday evening).

They still proceeded with the testing, however, but not sure how accurate it is at this point. He tested moderately positive to peanut, shrimp and shellfish; nothing on the fish at this point, but, again, the test isn't completely accurate. The allergist said they will have to see how he reacts to the peanut, shrimp and shellfish w/o the antihistamine in his system - if it's the same, it might be false-positive, if it's worse, he's probably allergic and may have to do food challange. He was told to avoid those three items along with the fish until then.

I'll let you know what happens next week!

Tracy

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By PerthPeanut on Sun, 01-07-07, 08:49

Hi

When I had my daughter re-tested [as is done every 2 years], I went to the shops and grabbed one almond, one brazil nut, one cashew, one peanut, one walnut, one pistachio etc [there wasn't enough weight to charge me for them so I got them for free!]... then headed for the shellfish section and got one shrimp, one prawn, one mussel etc ... it's nice to have individual testing for foods, rather than just 'shellfish' or 'nuts'. Having said that, we steer totally clear of ALL foods to which my kids are allergic.

Mother of:
3 year old - allergic to shellfish
6 year old - allergic to shellfish, sesame seed, poppy seed, coconut, mandarine, peanuts, cashew, pistachio, tree nuts, dogs, cats.... !!!

Whatever the results [and insist on both RAST and skin prick testing], you can live with your kids allergies. Just be on the ball at all times! Good luck.

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By McCobbre on Sun, 01-07-07, 08:59

Quote:Originally posted by bandbmom:
[b]They still proceeded with the testing, however, but not sure how accurate it is at this point. He tested moderately positive to peanut, shrimp and shellfish; nothing on the fish at this point, but, again, the test isn't completely accurate. The allergist said they will have to see how he reacts to the peanut, shrimp and shellfish w/o the antihistamine in his system - if it's the same, it might be false-positive, if it's worse, he's probably allergic and may have to do food challange. He was told to avoid those three items along with the fish until then.

I'll let you know what happens next week!

Tracy[/b]

I'm not understanding why he would have to do a food challenge if the next test shows him to be allergic. You do a food challenge when you think you're not allergic, right? And if you are allergic, what's the point in eating the offending food, except that it will make you sick?

Heck--get a rast instead.

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By bandbmom on Tue, 01-09-07, 19:06

The food challange would be to the items he skin tested positive to but never had a reaction from is how DH explained it to me. He has eaten pnut in the past w/o a problem, though it has been a good six mos. since he's eaten it because we don't have it in the house because of DS. We are pretty sure he had a reaction to shrimp with GI symptoms after eating it (didn't realize it at the time - just thought it was his Crohn's acting up, but should have known something was odd because he said the shrimp tasted spicey, but they weren't spicey!). We are unsure about the shellfish, so he may have to food challange for that. Not sure, though. Keep in mind, this info is coming from my DH, who listens as well as our children much of the time :0

I'm considering going w/DH to his retesting appt. on Thurs. to hear what the doc says with my own two ears :-)

Tracy

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