I keep breaking out in hives

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By NOnuts4Kim on Fri, 04-10-09, 03:18

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.

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By doofusclo on Fri, 04-10-09, 17:36

You might go back to your allergist and be retested. It sounds like you have food allergies. I would avoid nuts and watch for food that might be made on the same equipment as nuts products or foods that might be cross contaminated with nuts.
Other things that might cause hives are food preservatives, viruses, and stress. But yours sound like nuts to me.
How long do allergens last in the body? It can take days to get past them. Plus you will hear some people talk about the allergen cup being full. It means your body has been pushed past the point that causes a reaction. Now until your body has the days to get rid of those allergens any additional allergens (like those from an environmental allergy) set off a reaction.
Please consult with your doctor though. I had some stress based hives before I got married - oddly enough my doctor prescribed a combination of an antihistamine and a prescription strength Zertec that really handled my hives.
Your doctor can probably make you a lot more comfortable then you are.
I hope you feel more comfortable soon. I know how hives can be.
Cyn

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By NOnuts4Kim on Fri, 04-10-09, 22:05

Thanks. I have heard about the allergy cup. That's what my dh & I think has happened. I've been taking benadryl every 4 hrs, & my hives are pretty much under control for the most part.

Thanks for your information :) I will check in with my allergist by monday if I'm not showing any improvement.

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By cathlina on Sun, 04-12-09, 05:17

When you are tested, you need to be free of taking any antihistamine for 1-2 weeks or it throws the tests off.

And, please do not eat any more tree nuts or peanuts...you obviously are allergic.

It can takes days for the allergic response to work its way out of your system.

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By NOnuts4Kim on Sun, 04-12-09, 14:09

Thanks Cathlina. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with denial regarding my PA/TNA. I thought that I was fine, but apparently not. I thought because I was not having any reactions after eating peanuts that I was obviously fine & that I was just going through a strange phase or something when I was having reactions for a few years. I just wonder if I really need to be that careful now when we eat out & really ask for them to be careful about not contaminating my food with nuts. I don't know why I'm not treating this issue with concern. My dh has been very concerned & I've told him I'm fine because I'm not having breathing difficulties.

Thanks for listening to me, I don't know if this is a normal process that I have to go through. I'm just in shock that peanuts can cause me to have severe hives for 4-5 days, just by having a handful of trail mix! That seems scary! I guess that makes me realize that I need to be careful & stay away from nuts.

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By lakeswimr on Sat, 04-18-09, 00:01

I would say reaction trumps test. Skin and blood tests are only 90% accurate for negative results and it sounds like you are in that 10% that tests falsely negative. Food allergies can be fatal. You should get a new allergist or see the same one and explain the symptoms you had. You need to gave epi pens like YESTERDAY. Please call your general practitioner and get a prescription for epi pens asap. You need a good allergist asap, too. Please go to the site I gave you a link to in the other thread and buy some info pamphlets and books. You need to avoid *all* peanuts and tree nuts in the meanwhile. YOu need to read each and every food label. www.foodallergy.org

It isn't just a matter of staying away from a food allergen. Food allergens can cross contaminated safe foods. Studies show the average food-allergic person has an accidental ingestion once every few years no matter how careful we are! So, you really, really need epi pens, an emergency plan so you know when to use them, and you need to carry your epis wherever you go and read every food label every time (they can change). Epi pens are temperature sensitive and should be kept *with* you, not in the car. I"m sorry you found you are allergic.

Also, you should know that any reaction that is systemic (basically, anything that is more than localized hives) should get the epi pen on our plan and on most food allergy emergency plans. A person can be *unconscious* in very short time (minutes) so it is important to get the epi pen and call 911 asap if you do have a systemic reaction.

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By lakeswimr on Sat, 04-18-09, 00:02

A few other things--Benadryl won't stop a reaction that *is* going to progress to life threatening from progressing. It is for comfort only. Also, past reactions don't predict future one. reactions can and do change.

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By NOnuts4Kim on Mon, 05-04-09, 21:20

Thanks so much for your reply. I haven't been online for a little bit, because my internet was down. I have been much more careful. Thanks for the info regarding the systemic reactions & when to use Epis or benadryl. I do have 3 epi pens. I keep 2 of them in my purse.

thanks again,
Kim

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By davegs on Wed, 02-03-10, 00:49

I was surprised even with my affordable health insurance i was able to get to a doc for this.

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By charlie on Sun, 06-03-12, 04:45

Help! I often break out in hives after eating certain foods... I think...I was told by a doctor to write down everything I have eaten in the past 24 hours when trying to pinpoint what I am allergic to.

I have horrible hives right now. This is what I have eaten today:

White eggs
Tomatoes
Wheat toast
Coffee
White rice
Tomatoes
French Fries
Watermelon

I have had hives reaction to the following foods: NUTS, Strawberries, nuts, chocolate, fish and shellfish, milk, eggs, pork, oranges, bananas, cheese, mushrooms,

Other than narrowing it down, I don't know what I can do to avoid this, but it is awful! I break out on my arms, legs, scalp, stomach, chest, and my face.

I have taken a Benadryl and Allegra, but I have come to rely on Benadryl and Allegra too much, when I should be avoiding this food or ingredient in food!

I have also been told that it could be a Gluten allergy.

If anyone can help, I would appreciate it!!!

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By charlie on Sun, 06-03-12, 04:45

Help! I often break out in hives after eating certain foods... I think...I was told by a doctor to write down everything I have eaten in the past 24 hours when trying to pinpoint what I am allergic to.

I have horrible hives right now. This is what I have eaten today:

White eggs
Tomatoes
Wheat toast
Coffee
White rice
Tomatoes
French Fries
Watermelon

I have had hives reaction to the following foods: NUTS, Strawberries, nuts, chocolate, fish and shellfish, milk, eggs, pork, oranges, bananas, cheese, mushrooms,

Other than narrowing it down, I don't know what I can do to avoid this, but it is awful! I break out on my arms, legs, scalp, stomach, chest, and my face.

I have taken a Benadryl and Allegra, but I have come to rely on Benadryl and Allegra too much, when I should be avoiding this food or ingredient in food!

I have also been told that it could be a Gluten allergy.

If anyone can help, I would appreciate it!!!

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