Hi everyone! My name is Natalie and I am 19. I just found this website and am so glad I did. I have been allergic to tree nuts for awhile now but never too severely. I have always tried to avoid them but not worried to much. A few months ago I suddenly had a really bad reaction to something. Within minutes my eyes were completely swollen shut, my face was read, I was itchy, and starting to cough and wheeze. I took a benedryl and went to urgent care. When I follwed up with my doctor she told me to start carrying an epi pen which I have been working on trying to always carry. There have been a few smaller reactions and I am now pretty sure it is peanuts. I have never had a problem with peanut butter or any peanut product but recently I touched peanut butter and right away my eyes starting swelling again. Two nights ago my friends and I were eating ice cream while watching a movie. I made sure mine did not have nuts but before I knew it I got the feeling something was not right. I began getting itchy and started to feel like my eyes were swelling. Soon I was sneezing and coughing and then began vomiting. It was horrible and I have NO clue what caused it. I am waiting to get allergy tested again but that will not be for a few weeks and I am struggling with where to go from here. I am afraid to do anything with friends or eat anything different or even be touched! I guess I am looking for suggestions in what to do and what may be causing this and why it is suddenly getting worse. I am also struggling with at what point should I use the epi pen. I think it is a fear of the unknown and never having experience with it. Thank you so much and I apologize this is so long!!