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is this allergic reaction?

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racmac Sat 11-Dec-10 08:37:40

Dh has twice this week complained of a swollen tongue. No other symptons but feels like his tongue is too big for his mouth.

The only think we can think if is i bought different bread this week - plain white bread but seems to be the only common thing - is this likely?

what is it likely to be causing the reaction - unfortunately Ive thrown out the bread before we realised

racmac Sat 11-Dec-10 19:46:12


Doobies Sat 11-Dec-10 20:00:14

Could be a reaction to a certain preservative maybe? Not too sure so am bumping for you.

nottirednow Sun 12-Dec-10 11:01:45

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racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 17:16:31

ok - you have me worried now!

He has complained again Saturday and has not had that bread since Thursday so Im thinking it could be something else.

Is it likely to get worse - how quick would a GP refer?

I will try and get ap at GP next week

Whelk Sun 12-Dec-10 17:46:04

I'm afraid it does sound like some sort of allergic reaction.
Things that people are most likely to react to are: seeds, nuts, peanuts, sesame, soya, cows milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, citrus fruits, tomatoes.

You can react to anything though and you would already know if he had allergies to most of those (although new ones can develop). Maybe a seed/ different type of nut?

Most people react on the second time of eating something (not the first- usually fine)

Does he have any history of allergies including asthma or eczema or hayfever. Other members of the family having any of these also predisposes someone to have an allergy.

Did your ds have any other symptoms of allergy- a rash, hives, shortness of breath?

I would make an appointment with your GP as nottirednow suggested. But be prepared to fight for a referal to an allergy specialist.

Hope that helps and I hopes its something else altogether.

A couple of years ago my dh and I both had a terrible tongue problem - like geographic tongue with no other major symptoms so it could well be a virus or something else especially if he hasn't been atopic before.

nottirednow Sun 12-Dec-10 18:25:25

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Maelstrom Sun 12-Dec-10 18:30:04

Check for sesame seeds, and nuts. The "big" tongue is an allergic reaction, if it gets bad enough it will obstruct the airway putting your child in severe risk. We are talking about anaphylaxis here.

Write down the bread's ingredients and ask your GP to refer your child for allergy testing ASAP. I don't want to scare you, but a "tongue too big for his mouth" is a very serious reaction.

racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 18:33:55

it is darling husband

I know its bad because he is very strong - hasnt been to the GP since we have been together - 12 years - never ever gets ill and if he does gets on with it.

You can hear it is bad - he is slurring when he is talking - other people have noticed it as well

but i can not figure out what it could be - i did think maybe sesame seeds or something - there is no history of allergies or asthma as far as i know

Maelstrom Sun 12-Dec-10 18:34:17

It doesn't have to happen along other symptoms to be a severe allergic reaction. Some major reactions involve several symptoms, some other do not.

I know a child who doesn't get any rashes, etc. He just stops breathing straight away. DS is another matter, he gets a kind of nettle rash alongside the tongue swelling.

racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 18:35:28

but he does suffer quite badly with hayfever

I have piriton in the cupboard so I will make him take some of that to work and see if that makes a difference - I guess that would rule out anything else out - it would more than likely point to an allergic reaction

racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 18:36:45

Can you suddenly develop an allergy to something out of the blue?

Maelstrom Sun 12-Dec-10 18:56:51

Yes, completely out of the blue. I have a relative who became very allergic to shellfish at 50, even when she had never had any problem with them before then. My friend can not eat fish since she was 38.

They can come, go with time, re appear with time and disappear again.

nottirednow Sun 12-Dec-10 18:58:19

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Maelstrom Sun 12-Dec-10 18:58:19

Piriton should help, but if the swelling gets worse he may need to carry an epipen.

racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 19:01:27

blimey you lot are scaring me now

but thanks i will get him an appointment whenever they next do late appointments - i wont get him to take time out of work

nottirednow Sun 12-Dec-10 19:08:51

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racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 19:17:04

hed had toast for bfast - which is what he normally has (the usual bread)
a burger from a burger van as he was out at auction and nothing else till later in the day but by then tongue already swollen

He wont take time away from work (i know i know) but i cant drag him there - I will get latest ap i can for asap

Maelstrom Sun 12-Dec-10 19:51:31

Wondering about sesame again, did the burger bread had sesame on it? (We had a scare with DS in Burger King, we asked for something sesame free but as most BK bread has sesame I suppose it was, perhaps, contaminated with it so...all went into allergy reaction mode. :-(

racmac Sun 12-Dec-10 19:57:27

i dont know - I will ask him when he comes home

nottirednow Mon 13-Dec-10 10:43:24

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racmac Mon 13-Dec-10 10:47:39

im thinking it may not be allergy - i have looked in his mouth and underneath his tongue is all swollen - seems more like an infection that has been building up maybe?

I am trying to get an app at GP but he wont bloody take time off work so i think he will wait till next week when he has finished work hmm

nottirednow Tue 14-Dec-10 09:09:42

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racmac Tue 14-Dec-10 10:33:03

the earliest appointment they offer is 7 - and he leaves for work at 6.15

he is off work next week so i will ring and get him ap then

Whelk Tue 14-Dec-10 12:59:09

Sorry for my confusion.

If his tongue is staying swollen it doesn't sound likely to be an allergy, more and infection.

Allergies generally respond beautifully to Piriton so if it doesn't it may well not be.

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