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Old 03-15-2009, 01:36 PM   #1
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Uhh, where to start?
i'm full of allergies. Nuts is the worst one.
My throat, inner cheeks, tongue, and lips swell up and go tingly.
the other day i didnt realise & ate a Classic Cornetto, i didnt realise that there were hazelnuts on it. i only had one bite, of the chocolate on the outside, not even eating any of the nuts, and i knew straight away.
I'm asthmatic [i also can't spell that :P] and instantly my mouth swelled up, i couldn't breathe properly and started to take my inhaler. i took three anti-histamines but they didnt even touch the reaction.
the reaction was worse than any i've had previously, i was in and out of consiousness and couldn't speak properly, my body was shaking and i couldn't feel my hands properly, they felt tingly. Everything sounded really loud & my eyes kept going in and out of focus.
I'm going to the doctors tomorrow, and having looked it up, i think it might have been mild anaphylaxis, and i was wondering what treatment i should ask for..? i was thinking an Ana-pen [adrenaline..] but i wanted to know what anyone on here would say? x

 
Old 03-15-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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Re: Do I Need A Epi-Pen Or Ana-Pen?

I would say you would need a Epi-pen for sure.
It could very well save your life in the future.
Good luck and keep us posted!!!

 
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Re: Do I Need A Epi-Pen Or Ana-Pen?

Did you take benedryl? That's the preferred antihistamine for an allergic reaction such as what happened with you. It's fast acting and short lived.

 
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Re: Do I Need A Epi-Pen Or Ana-Pen?

I agree Benadryl should be use first but if your having life threating conditions then you would need a a epi-pen.

 
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want to let you know how serious this can be. if you go into anaphylatic shock you can die. the fact that you say you were in and out of consciousness and your breathing was shallow, tells me you have life threatening allergies. you should already have an epi-pen, it can mean the difference between life and death. your inhaler will not treat the reaction your body is having. you should definately avoid anything you know causes you that type of reaction, you should always have benadryl and an epi-pen at hand.
please know that each time your body is exposed to an allergen the reaction can be worse. hope that there is not a next time, but if there is,immediately get yourself to an emergency room.

 
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Thanks everyone, i went to the doctors and he just saidd i'm not a big fan of epipens but i think it'll really really help you and gave me one. which i feel a hell of alot better about and much more comfortable thank you all x

 
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Re: Do I Need A Epi-Pen Or Ana-Pen?

If I'm not mistaken, they have a very short shelf life - like about 3 or 4 months - so you have to replace them pretty often. Or at least they used to...

 
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My prescription label shows expiration after several months. The actual pens have an expiration date that is about a year out.

 
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