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Comment from: dodah, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 19

Daughter had third anaphylactic reaction on 1/13 to a food. We thought the other two were from seafood but this one came after eating a salad with pine nuts in it. After eating only a few bites of the salad, she began to experience itching, especially in the palms of her hands. Then came the throat itching and general feelings of "uh-oh! Is this really happening?" Finally, when my daughter started passing out they put her into a w/c and took her to a cubicle where the ER doctors finally went to work and gave the epinephrine she needed. She was only seconds away from total respiratory and cardiac arrest! And all because her not keeping her Epipen with her at ALL times and because of so-called Hospital Protocol and a stupid, inept, uncaring nurse. The lesson: 1. Keep your Epipen within reach at all times and in date! 2. Fight the hospital staff if needed to get the help you're dying!

Comment from: Mother wasnt warned!, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 11

My 8 yr old son was allergic to peanuts, which we were always aware of. He had 3 allergy reactions before and the doctors never gave us any information on it at all, not even when he was casually admitted to the hospital only 9 months prior. Recently, my son became blue, struggled to breathe and had a heart attack! After taking him to the ER the doctors thankfully got his heart going after over 5 minutes of no heart beat. The outcome was 3 days later we were told Andrew was brain dead and would never wake up from his coma. So with the help of God we knew without a doubt we had to set his soul free to be in heaven so he could live again. It was too late for me as a mother to be warned about the severity and DEADLY outcome from anaphylactic shock.

Comment from: Clayton, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

I was having a coffee on my way to do some work on the weekend. I hadn't eaten anything yet that day and as I finished my coffee, the thought entered my head that I was having an allergic reaction. At this point, I put down my newspaper and realized that I was hot and tingling in my extremities (head, arms, legs). I put down my coffee and went into the bathroom to look in the mirror. Much to my shock, my entire face was swollen and bright red. My lips were especially swollen and I could feel my tongue starting to swell. I decided to go to work anyway, but fortunately, I had to pass the hospital about 5 minutes away. I was feeling much worse at this point and went into emergency. As soon as the Triage nurse saw me, I was marched into acute care and given an injection of epinephrine and some other drugs. I have had two bouts of cancer in my life, and have had minor incidents of hives that went away quickly, but this is a major escalation. I have no idea what I have developed a sensitivity to, but it is very serious. Do not make the mistake I made and please go to the hospital the minute something like this starts; I could have experienced serious consequences if I had followed my first instinct and gone to work.

Comment from: tixrus, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

Melbourne, Australia: At the end of a 10K run, I was attacked by a swarm of bees. The individual stings did not hurt too much, but after the attack, I walked about 200 meters, then I collapsed. I was nauseated and dizzy, and I also had low blood pressure. The ambulance was called, and I spent the night in the hospital. After the fact, we counted 45 stings, some of which developed into huge welts! Now I've got an Epipen because a single sting might trigger anaphylaxis in the future. This was not a fun Saturday.

Comment from: Candles, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I am 57 and have never been allergic to anything in my life. I have asthma and take Advair twice a day. Other than that, I am in perfect health. Last September my husband fixed me breakfast in bed, eggs, toast and hot tea. About an hour after I finished eating I became nauseated and got this strange tingling feeling and felt a bit warm. I asked my husband if I had a fever and he said no. I started feeling really, really hot, started coughing and was having a bit of a problem breathing so I called my husband back into the bedroom and to ask him again if I had a fever. As soon as he walked back into the room he noticed that I had turned blood red and my eyes were starting to swell and have bumps on and under them. By the time I got to the closest place, an ER clinic, I was blood red, looked like 2nd degree burns, my eyes were swollen shut and my throat was almost closed down. They took me back ASAP, gave me a shot of steroids, Benadryl by mouth and many breathing treatments. They transferred me to the hospital ER where I was watched for several hours because they were afraid of another occurrence. I went home and was fine.

Comment from: Linda Bird, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

Over the past 2 months I have had anaphylactic shock from taking penicillin. Very scary. Within 20 minutes of taking the drug, I would begin itching everywhere, then my breathing would become erratic. Within 5 minutes of the reaction, my blood pressure would drop and I would barely be able to keep my head up. Very scary! The first time I waited it out, but after my research, I will never do that again. If it ever happens to you a first time, call 911 and get to the ER. Obviously, the professionals can tell you what means to follow in the future. Don't play with fate!


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