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Old 10-04-2006, 02:05 PM   #1
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CircusSquirrel, I have a question?

Hi how are you, I am getting my test done tommorow at the hospital for a Pulmonary Embolism and they are going to do a Spiral CT scan and I have to have the noniodine dye I think that's what it's called. But because my sister had the reaction where her throat closed up on her I am really scared I will have the same thing. My doctor said I should take 50 mg's of prednisone and 50mgs tommorow and then some more before the test. I really would prefer not to take that much steroids. I talked to the technician who is doing my test and she said it's not neccesary to take the steroids she said even if I had a reaction they would give me benadryl. But she said it's unlikely also because my sister has a history of hives and I don't have any allergies. Everyone keeps telling me that the burning feeling is really bad and that it might scare me while it's happening but how do I tell the difference between that and if it's a reaction. Also how long will the burning last? I am just so scared. Please help. Thanks

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Old 10-05-2006, 12:02 PM   #2
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Re: CircusSquirrel, I have a question?

I'm so sorry I didn't see this earlier! I've taken the premedication before the contrast because of a family member allergy, but it was at my request, so basically it's not a big deal if you don't take it, but the pills are pretty benign in those small doses so you may as well take them. The warm sensation from the dye only lasts maybe 30 seconds. It's not even really a burning, just a sense of being warm, then it goes away. As long as you're expecting it, it's not bad. If noone told you that would happen, you'd be like "What is this?!" A reaction would entail something like hives and itching, but if you take the Benadryl beforehand you're unlikely to have a problem. In the rare event that you did, they could give you some more right there to stop the reaction. Take care and let us know what happens. Sorry again that I didn't see this earlier!

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