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another anaphylactic reaction

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tatt Sun 27-Mar-05 08:36:56

this time its my husband, who hasn't had one before. Swollen throat, vomiting after antihistamine, epipen on standby but not used. He was eating egg and bacon and has never had any problems with that before but had just had a new type of calcium pill. So now I'm wodering if I have egg allergy to deal with on top of all the others or if there was a trace of contamination somewhere. Anyone know what chickens get fed on - could there have been nut residue in the egg?

misdee Sun 27-Mar-05 09:45:43

is your dh allergic to nuts then? eggs are also comman allergen and new allergies can appear at any time, even something you have been eating for years.

tatt Sun 27-Mar-05 09:57:24

we think he is, he's never been properly tested but we avoid all nuts anyway. Going to see the doctor as soon as possible and ask for a referral for testing. I guess I was hoping it was that as to have to avoid all egg is going to be horrendous but if its "only" a contamination risk we might not avoid it all the time. Have checked the net and found that chicken feed can include peanut oil so maybe it was trace contamination.

At least we have epipens for one of the children and they are on to adult strength now.

bobbybob Mon 28-Mar-05 05:57:26

Avoiding all egg isn't that bad when you get used to it. We haven't had one in the house for over a year now and we've sort of forgotten what they taste like.

tatt Mon 28-Mar-05 07:42:30

its the idea of avoiding egg on top of everything else we already have to avoid - and trying to make cakes! Also I like eggs, and nuts.

DixiExpat Mon 28-Mar-05 11:43:53

HI Tatt,

Just thought I'd offer a sympathetic post. I was born 3 months early and have tons of allergies.The food allergies are the worst and I had such severe anaphylaxis,I had to be home schooled,even food I was allergic to being cooked in the cafeteraia caused me to have a severe reaction and sometimes up to 3 weeks in hospital.My worst allergies are soya,almonds,beans and peas (except the little green peas). As I child I was allergic to all dairy,and poultry luckily seem to have outgrown those.Strangely enough I can have peanuts,almonds are very dangerous for me. I carry arounf an inhaler,antihistamine and 2 epipens everywhere I go.
In the U.S.A I never had a problem seeing an allergy specialist.I would like to be retested though now that I am an adult but I wouldn't even know where to begin.

jampots Mon 28-Mar-05 12:06:25

apparently there's some kind of "faux egg" product on the market to use in place of real egg - will try and look for it

bobbybob Mon 28-Mar-05 19:54:57

What else can't you have, I may have recipes!

tatt Tue 29-Mar-05 06:24:22

thanks, bobbybob, Daft man went and ate something that clearly said includes egg on the label! Throat furry still (from initial reaction?) but not anaphylactic so we may be OK? Have to avoid most milk (soya as well as dairy) and nuts - so no nut milk. Oat and rice milks aren't popular but aren't an allergy problem. Also tomatoes and caffeine. I already cook more than one meal at times as trying to avoid tomatoes and milk is difficult - that's why I hate the idea of different puddings.

Dixie I do count my blessings most of the time - none of the allergies are bad enough to respond to smell. To get to an allergy clinic here you need a referral from a gp. Then you wait. The waiting list can be months or years depending what part of the country you live in and how urgent the doctors think it is. It is possible to see someone privately but not all of the allergy centres take private patients. There are not many clinics and you may see a doctor with "an interest in " allergy rather than a consultant specialising in allergy. As we've moved I don't know at the moment where our nearest clinic is or how long the list is. I may ask the Anaphylaxis Campaign, a good source of advice.

sansouci Tue 29-Mar-05 08:14:49

That sounds grim! I didn't realise it was so difficult to see a specialist in the UK.

DixiExpat Tue 29-Mar-05 11:21:44

Thanks for the info Tatt regarding the process.
I had a look online recently and things look bad enough down south but especially bad here in Scotland I think there are 3 here? lol

tatt Wed 30-Mar-05 09:30:09

well he's had exactly the same things he ate the other day so either he was juct choking or there was trace nut contamination. Panic over and thanks for the support Dixiexpat sorry I don't know the Scottish position but the anaphylaxis campaign told of thet have no record of any NHS allergy service in our nearest city - and I've found a reference to one on the web. This is an allergy helpline for Scotland (0131) 225 7503
and if you're near to Dundee this group are doing research so might see people in reasonable time

Chandra Wed 06-Apr-05 01:07:28

Tatt, sorry to hear that. As you may remember I was looking for help to get DS tested nd finally I have got an apointment for tomorrow with the paediatrician though I'm not convinced that as paed, as good as they are, can be as useful as a proper allergician but anyways, I have realised that even whe you want to pay for the tests there may be the case that nobody wants to do them.

I have found about the York test at the AllergyUK website and have ordered one for DS. It's a bit pricey but I believe well worth it, specially when getting somebody to test you around here seems like an impossible mission. Hope it helps.


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