Adult Onset -- Overwhelmed.
Sunday night, I ate butter pecan ice cream. Shortly after my face broke out in hives and my tongue swelled up. Now I own my own epi-pen. Wow, it's like a whole new world, kinda.
The next morning, before I was positive it was the pecans, I accidentally ate cereal with almonds in it. No swelling but I had hives & was severely sick for the entire day -- like severe stomach flu like symptoms. Trust me, I am MUCH more aware after that experience of what goes in my mouth. No more auto-pilot here.
The allergist prescribed an epi-pen and told me to stay away from all nuts/tree nuts until we finish testing. In the mean time, I feel a bit overwhelmed. I'm not sure how to gauge the seriousness of the allergy b/c he said that the pecan reaction was a swollen tongue & the next time I come into contact with it that it could be much much worse.
What should I do to prepare myself?