I was eating a pasta salad on Saturday and I got an Allergic reaction. I broke out in an itchy rash on my arm and spread to my neck and chest. I then had heart palpitations. I took Benadryl and then everything stopped. On Sunday, I tried it again thinking I may have gotten the rash from somewhere else, and I still broke out in an itchy rash that spread after eating the pasta salad. I took the Benadryl again and it stopped. But Sunday night, I noticed my neck swelled a little and it is still a little swollen today (Monday). I am also noticing that whenever I drink or eat anything, it is a little hard to swallow. Should I take the Benadryl again? Can a food allergy last this long and cause swelling of my neck and cause more itching in the morning on Monday? Cause I stopped taking Benadryl Sunday after I stopped itching. Do you think getting an Allergic reaction again the second time increased the symptoms?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Thank you for replying. My neck did swell a little like I said in my first post, but could that also be from the Allergic reaction I had? So, Allergic reactions can last a few days? I have the ingredients listed from the pasta salad. I have no idea which ingredients I am allergic to. But on Sat and Sun after I ate the pasta salad I did break out an a very itch rash both days and it spread and on Sun night I noticed my neck is a little swollen and still is. It is hard sometimes to swallow food and liquids. The Benadryl did help both days and I will start taking it again.
Thank you for replying. My neck is still swollen from my food allergy over a week ago. My glands are also swollen and I itch still at times. I do take Benadryl, but not every four hours like it says cause it makes me so tired. Is it possible that food allergies can last a while if not treated with the proper medication? Should I call my dr?