Anaphylactic after 2 hours?

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 11:58am
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Does anyone have an anaphylactic story that happened after a few hours or so? Everything I read states ana. will USUALLY happen pretty fast since the reaction is serious. I was just wondering about personal stories...
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Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 12:41pm
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Not us. The egg anaphylaxis was maybe 5 to 10 minutes after she ate it, maybe less than that. Hard to recall since it was 8 years ago. She has also had non-anaphylactic reactions which have always been while eating it or within five minutes after. Those were milk reactions and peanut reactions all to mislabeled products.

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 12:46pm
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I took Zithromax at 6 p.m. Went to bed at 11 p.m...no problems.
Woke up at 6 p.m. and felt sick. My throat was the size of a pencil.
Headed to the doc's.....

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 12:54pm
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Cathlina: So this was a reaction to an antibiotic?

Posted on: Sat, 01/07/2006 - 7:21pm
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Cathlina, My daughter had a delayed reaction ( though not anaphylactic, thank goodness) to zithromax too....she was ok with the 1st dose and reacted to the second dose several hours after she had it.

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 4:57am
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The reaction that I KNOW was an ana. reaction to peanuts started quickly but progressed slowly. My DD felt the tingling in her throat immediately and got hives around her mouth quickly. At the time, we'd had no clear directions on how to handle this, so we gave Benadryl and stayed where we were. In maybe 10-20 minutes, she developed a stomach ache. It was 2 hours after ingestion when she began to cough and wheeze, at which point we left for the ER.
There were 2 episodes before this one that we now believe were peanut reactions, but at the time had no idea of it and I can't tell you without a doubt that they were. But in both cases she ate may-contains in the afternoon or evening, had no mouth pain or hives, no immediate reaction, but woke up in the night with a stomachache (once vomiting), wheezing, coughing, and rapid breathing and heartrate. The doctors at the time called them asthma-like episodes. So the interval would have been probably 7-8 hours the first time and 12-14 hours the second time. So that's a really long time later if it was from peanuts. I don't have the exact details on time; I'm going on recollections of unusual things that happened those days before (birthday party, visiting relatives) and our usual eating times. I've discussed it with DD's allergist and he thinks it sounds likely. I've read that you need to think about what the allergic person ate in the past 24 hours, so apparently a delay can happen.

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 12:26pm
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My daughter's ana. reaction happened in about 20 minutes...but I have read ana. can happen up to 4 hours after. Plus there can be a second episode after the first one so you should always stay in the ER for several hours after any exposure.

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 2:05pm
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My son had an anaphylactic reaction to a peanut. We didn't realize anything was wrong until 45 minutes to an hour after he ate the peanut, but looking back, we realize that he probably had signs starting about 15-20 minutes after eating the peanut. It's difficult to know for sure because he was only 20 months old at the time, so he didn't say anything about a tingly mouth or anything.
We were nervous when he first ate the peanut, as he had never had one because we were waiting until he was 3 to introduce them. (I have a few friends who are allergic or have kids who are allergic to peanuts, so this has always been a worry for me.)Anyway, my son grabbed & ate a peanut from the table at the Chinese restaurant we were at before we even realized it. I think that since he didn't show any immediate outward reaction (no lip or facial swelling, didn't spit it out, etc), we thought he was ok. He went on to eat his dinner.
About 45 minutes later, he was acting cranky/fussy. We thought he might be tired because it was 7pm and he happened to also have a cold at the time. He settled down with his head on my shoulder. The next thing I knew, someone poitned out to me that he was drooling. I turned him to see what was going on. He was lethargic, with drool streaming from his mouth. Then he started vomiting. I quickly got him out of the restaurant and rolled his sleeve up to see if he had any hives, and sure enough, he did. I thought, "Oh no--it's the peanut." We gave him benadryl. Foolishly we drove home instead of calling 911 or heading to a hospital. By the time we got home, he was fully awake & active, and happily sucking his pacifier. I spoke with his pediatrician, who recommended the proper Benadryl dosage and said to use the nebulizer if needed (he had been hospitalized for RSV 6 months previous to the peanut incident, so we had one). The doc assured me that if anything horrible were to happen, it would have happened already. Oh--to backtrack a little--when we got home and got him out of his clothes and bathed (to get the vomit off of him), his torso was bright red. When he got out of the tub, hives had erupted all over his torso, under his arms, in between his legs, classsic allergic reaction signs. Mucous streamed out of his nose. But he was smiling and happy and no longer vomiting or lethargic.
NOW to answer your question (and I will acknowledge that I certainly have not made this a short story). I slept on the floor next to his crib that night to make sure his breathing was ok. In the mroning I noticed his breathing was fast. We gave him nebs all day and the breathing got worse and worse. By late afternoon, he started to get a strange sound in his throat or chest. The next thing I knew, we were in ambulance headed to the ER with him in respiratory distress. We got out of the hospital 2 days later. That was 24 hours after he ate the peanut.

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 9:49pm
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Yes, DD, 9.5, has had this happen. It was a cross contamination issue. We gave her salad at a cookout not realizing the tongs were shared with a waldorf salad containing walnuts.
Though this appeared to be a single reaction, I'm more apt to believe that she had a very minor reaction very close to the exposure that went unnoticed. She's a very responsible 9 year old and anything that happens, she tells me - not out of fear but just for me to "diagnose". However, if she had a few sneezes, a few coughs or an itch or two from a hive...she may not have noticed because she was involved in play.
HTH
[This message has been edited by LaurensMom (edited January 09, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 3:08am
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Saturday. 2:15 PM reviewed the contents with the hostest at a 90th B-day party and discussed the allergy for about 15 minutes. Decided to eat and first bite of Chicken did it. I made a series of mistakes after that and have had plenty of "blame the victim" so I'm fine there, thank you.
First mistake; as it's been about six years since last ingestion, my pens were all expired
Second mistake; as I hate to pester people, I simply left the wife at the party and drove home, alone.
Third mistake; took a couple Actifed and resumed household chores.
Exactly one hour from ingestion it came on strong, swelling, blistering and welting from head to toe.
At that point I began another series of mistakes, including returning to the party to pick up the wife to go to the hospital with me.
When I pulled up to the party, several people had ran out and wanted to drive me the rest of the way to ER. Something that is difficult to explain, at that point I knew that I could have but moments left but if I drove the car I knew I could remain awake. If someone else drove I could fall asleep and nothing scares me more than just closing my eyes, cause so many at that stage just don't wake up.
The lights were with me on the way, or at least the ones I saw. Exactly two hours after ingestion I walked into the ER. Blood boiling welts covering head to toe and tremendous pain from cramping. I recall the people at the counter ahead of me jumping out of the way. I must have looked a site. My wife tells me the blood was running through my eyes like a river.
The excellent ER staff at St. Vincent's in Portland saved me, something I wasn't doing very well. One of the nurses talked to me about emotions following a near death experience. I owe her an apology, at the time tears were streaming down my face from the gut wrenching twisting and pain from the cramps and when she said that the tears were from emotions generated from realizing I was going to make it now when I fearing death moments earlier. Wasn't the case at that moment, it was pain.
I've thought allot about what she said and now I see there is something to that. I'm going to search the site looking for more on one's emotional status after an attack. I believe it's on par with gun shot, car wreck or heart attack but when it's over there's no bullet hole, no cast, no sign at all of what you've seen, felt or been through.
Stay safe.
-Dan

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 8:03am
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Im not PA allergic, im seafood allergic ( I think just allergic to red lobster, all other places Im fine). It took all thru dinner ( 1/2 hour) and a 10 minute ride to the movies, then 10 minutes of walking, before i had started itching and broke out. The hospital was 3 minutes away, and by the time I got there I had already thrown up and had full blown hives. My youngest son reacted within 1/2 hour.
I heard exercise, and the more worried and worked up you get, you can make the reaction speed up.
DEB

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