Allergic reaction - when to stop worrying?

Posted on: Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:48pm
Momobubble's picture
Joined: 01/03/2015 - 06:25

Hey, I was out shopping yesterday and there were peanuts all over the floor of a shop. I think it made my asthma flare up. I got wheezy and had to use my inhaler. And multiple times when I got home. Today my chest still seems a little tight. I've washed all the clothes I was wearing incase some of the dust got on them and thoroughly washed my hair, body and vacuumed my room just to be on the safe side. Is it possible I could still be reacting or have a worse reaction yet to come? I have anxiety and a lot of it is centred around my allergy. I'm nervous to do anything such as running or anything that will make my heart pump faster. Any help?

Posted on: Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:15am
DianeT's picture
Joined: 04/24/2012 - 19:48

I would react just like that when my peanut/tree nut allergies started. I took Benedryl along with my inhaler. Be watchful though, in my experience my reactions have stayed on for several days and I needed to be on prednisone to help keep them at bay.

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Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

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Posted on: Sun, 03/22/2015 - 2:10am
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Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

First, turn around and leave in a situation like that. Take an antihistamine with the inhaler. I always carry prednisone and my epi-pen with me. Anxiety can be a symptom of an allergic reaction. To keep my everyday anxiety down, I never eat in a restaurant, cook all my own food and eat fresh meat, veggies and fruit. It is the safest way to go.

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