That’s how I woke up Saturday morning. My eye was almost completely swollen shut.
After battling some weird food allergies for over two weeks, I finally gave in and went to the urgent care.
I know it started when I ate cashews. I got the tickle in my throat that said “warning!” The next morning I had a rash on my upper abdomen (okay, below my boob, which spread to my nipple area the next day. OMG, was that miserable.) I got about four other patches of little, red, angry, itchy bumps on my body. Then I got a patch of red on my left cheek. The next day my nose was bright red and blistered.
I had red blotches all over my face on Thursday and my eyes started swelling. My eyes were rimmed in red Friday and still swollen. I took Benadryl for the first time before bed. It helped with the redness, but the swelling increased.
You know you look bad when the doctor walks in and says “holy crap.”
And that’s how I felt after waiting to see him for nearly three hours.
It had been over two weeks since I ate the cashews, so why my condition kept worsening was a mystery. I did touch a mango, which I’m allergic to, during that time, which hasn’t usually been a problem if I was my hands right after slicing it for my daughter, but the doctor said it could have been a trigger since my histamines were already wonky. I’ve also been having green smoothies daily since Dec. 31, so the doctor thought maybe something in the quantity of the greens or fruits was a problem.
He advised me to stay away from all fruits, greens and nuts until I can get in for allergy testing.
I am missing my green smoothies. They were really helping with my cravings.
I also realized I started taking a magnesium supplement at the beginning of the year, so I’ve cut that out, too.
The doctor put me on a heavy dose of Prednisone (steroids). I’m taking six pills a day for four days, and then slowly taper down for a total of 12 days on them. He’s also having me take Claritin in the a.m. and Benadryl in the p.m.
The swelling in my eye is almost completely gone and the redness is slowly getting better.
Mystery food allergies are not fun!