After my first anaphylactic reaction (to shellfish, not peanuts) this week--and because I'm still feeling it 48+ hours later--I'm curious to know who here has experienced protracted anaphylaxis.
I thought until now that anaphylaxis could really only be uniphasic or biphasic. I knew my severe shellfish reactions required continued use of benadryl throughout the next day, but this has gone beyond that time frame.
I've done some reading on this today, and it seems that protracted anaphylaxis usually occurs when the original reaction wasn't immediate and when it occurred orally. Both were true for me--my reaction occurred almost 2 hours after eating cross contaminated food.
The past two days have not been fun--and neither was reaction day. I've given a pretty detailed description of it through several posts in the Adults with PA board under the Gastroinestinal thread.
But this has me concerned, because it's hard to recognize in myself. I felt awful this morning and better this afternoon and evening. Other than feeling bad, it was just milder versions of my symptoms that disappeared when I took benadryl.
And if it's hard to recognize in myself, then how hard will it be to recognize in DS after a reaction from peanut exposure?
Will he think to ask for benadryl or will I know to automatically give it to him "just in case" the reaction is protracted?
What have you done? Has your protracted reaction turned out to be as serious as the initial one? What else can you tell me about your experience with these types of reactions?
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