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What are the different types of anaphylactic reactions?


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2004-04-27 17:10:38
2004-04-27 17:10:38

You can read detailed info at health.howstuffworks or allergy-central but my own personal reaction might be useful. I have a severe shellfish allergy that didn't begin until I was about 14. Until then I had minor problems after eating shrimp but now if I had the slightest exposure I suffer from anaphylaxis. My lips tingle and swell up first, this is usually my first warning sign and I have to immediately take Benadryl. I take the childrens elixir since it seems to work much faster. Then my heart speeds up and I have increased difficulty in breathing. The first time this occurred I nearly died since no one knew what was happening or why. Like I said, I'd eaten shellfish all my life without any problems like this. Eventually my breathing was resticted to a tiny space about the size of a dime and it was quite frightening. Now I carry benadryl or a generic equivalent with me in my backpack and car since I never know when someone will use lobster or crab juice as a seasoning without telling me. I tend to perspire when this happens but that might be more due to nerves than to any specific response to the allergy.


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