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Throat swelling in reaction to something I ate

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YuleTideD0G Mon 06-Dec-10 13:55:53

I'm ok, it's not another I'm dying do I need to see a doctor thread but my throat did just swell in reaction to something I just ate (I think it was pesto). I often have a reaction to food in my mouth, often tomatoes will swell my lips and tongue and occasionally nuts although not peanuts there is no ryhme or reason to it sometimes a food will be fine and other times I'll react to it.

It usually only lasts an hour or so. My dad suffered with the same problem for years and often his throat would swell and he'd have to spend a night in hospital and it would be fine.

This is the first time I've had swelling in my throat it happened very quickly and I could feel my breath catching iyswim, it has subsided now and I'm fine, but do I need to see anyone? I think I probably do thing is I've never been to a doctor about the mouth and tongue thing and my dad is abroad atm, will they be able to look at his records to help me iyswim?

snice Mon 06-Dec-10 13:57:18

i would think you need to see the doctor ASAP and see if you should be carrying an epipen-these sort of reactions can increase in severity without warning

mousymouse Mon 06-Dec-10 13:58:43

get yourself to the gp, you need a referral for allergy testing and an epi-pen as the next reaction can be life threatening.

YuleTideD0G Mon 06-Dec-10 14:02:30

My dad has an Epi pen, I did wonder about that. It just seems so random. My throat is still tickly now but definitely not as swollen. It happened almost instantly

YuleTideD0G Mon 06-Dec-10 14:03:35

I will phone gp now although doubt I'll get an appointment till tomorrow. I don't need to go to a+e if the swelling has subsided do I?

NorbertDentressAngelOnTheTree Mon 06-Dec-10 14:05:23

Agree you should see the GP ASAP.

Its most likely the pine nuts in the pesto, a common trigger, but you need to be allergy tested to be sure.

YuleTideD0G Mon 06-Dec-10 14:15:21

Yes I'm certain it's the pine nuts. This sounds crazy but whenever it happens in my mouth tongue and lips I can tatste whatever it is that has triggered it. I have finally managed to speak to my dad and he has urged me to go in today as it was not unusual for it to happen to him more than once a day after the initial swelling. It lasted about 4 years for him and then stopped, he would also get hives etc and they were unable to pin it down to one food.

Mumsnut Mon 06-Dec-10 14:17:15

Cashew nuts often in pesto nowadays - my dd is cashew-allergic. Could be that.

YuleTideD0G Mon 06-Dec-10 14:21:55

Just checked ingredients, is pine nuts.

I often get a reaction from brazil nuts too.

Have made an appointment for 5 today

YuleTideD0G Mon 06-Dec-10 18:52:16

Well went to gp. He has given me epi pen, piriton and a referall

Mumsnut Mon 06-Dec-10 19:04:23

Good!! Not something to be messed around with, that sort of reaction.

mousymouse Mon 06-Dec-10 20:04:04

good for you!

Whelk Sun 12-Dec-10 17:48:36

Definitely try to get an Epi-pen and train your family to use it

nottirednow Sun 12-Dec-10 19:03:39

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