Another Friday draws to a close. This is my second Friday in a row sick, albeit I'm sicker this round than last.
Other than coughing until I make myself sick, I've also discovered that I have some sort of allergy.
Most likely this is a food allergy.
On Wednesday evening, I was having a hard time breathing. I thought it was just the bronchitis making itself known.
I absently scratched my stomach...and then scratched it again...and again.
I looked down and saw that there were bright red hives all over my stomach.
And they were spreading. Within 15 minutes, and despite a Benedryl, the hives spread until they were on my stomach, knees, hands, upper lip, and wrists.
My breathing got more and more labored. drjoan
did a quick telephone consult and off to A&E I went.
By the time I arrived, I simply couldn't breathe and was in the midst of an asthma attack.
I am very rarely affected by my asthma as I can usually control it with breathing exercises. The most effective is to force myself not to breathe for 30 seconds. Because of the coughing brought on by the bronchitis, it was impossible to go more than 5 seconds before gasping for air to cough with.
The A&E crew treated the asthma attack, but were mystified by the hives. They threw some steroids at the problem and then sent me home with some more to take over the next few days.
95% of hives are caused by food allergies, apparently. I just can't figure out what I ate to cause them.
The only thing unaccounted for: some Irn Bru I drank at the in-laws. I drink Irn Bru very irregularly, and I never drink the non-diet variety. It's the only red herring after an exhaustive of what I've eaten over the last week.
It's possible that the colouring may have caused a reaction.
Either way, I'm staying away from bright orange foodstuffs for the next good while.Any foods cause you to have allergic reactions? Ever had a reaction without knowing the cause?