I keep breaking out in hives
Hi, I'm new to this board. Let's see where I should start. I'm in my 30's & I never had a problem with peanut allergies until about 3 years ago. I would notice that after I ate peanuts that my face would get blotchy red spots & that I would get itchy too. So, the final thing I noticed was after I had eaten 6 pecans, about 15 minutes later, my face was itching like crazy & my eyes began to swell! I went to the allergist & I was tested both with a RAST test, & SPT. Both tests came back with negative results. I still stayed away from nuts as my allergist said.
So, I slacked off for quite a while & thought that I was fine & that I didn't have a problem with nuts anymore. Well. over the past few weeks, I've been sick a lot with some sick bugs going around, so my immune system is down. So, I have been eating some peanut trail mix with m&m's in it. I grabbed a handful yesterday right before dinner. I had also noticed that early in the afternoon, my palms were red & blotchy & itchy, before exposure to nuts. As the night progressed, I began to break out in hives all over my body. I took 2 benadryl, that didn't help much, so I also took children's liquid benadryl too. Woke up in the a.m. to find that most of my hives went away. Then this a.m. I made a dumb mistake. I poured myself some honey nut O's. I took 3 bites before I realized there were NUTS in that, I just got out of practice thinking about that. Anyways about 15-20 min. later I started breaking out in hives again!
I've been taking benadryl. As soon as it wears off, I start to break out in hives again. I'm not going to eat any nuts anymore. How long should the allergen stay in my system for? I hate that I have to keep taking benadryl, but I know I need to unitl my hives stop coming back.
thanks for any advice you may have for me.