|How does an anaphalactic reaction start? Is it different from an asthmatic reaction?
I can only speak for myself. With asthma, it feels like you just can't get in a good breath. I also cough a lot. Like someone is sitting on your chest. With ana, it's more in your mouth & throat. I felt like someone had their hands around my throat gradually squeezing more & more & like my tounge was taking up more & more room in my mouth. You wanted to swallow but felt like nothing would fit.
I have 3 girls & we all have allergies. We all have asthma & deal with eczema, too.
My youngest is 2. She was on Neocate until 12 months for dairy, soy & protein allergies/intolerances. The protein part made even breastmilk a problem. She's also allergic to pears, sweet potato, & calendula. I'd known since she was about 3 weeks old. Since we all have allergies, I knew what was up quickly. She has an Epi-pen Jr for the soy allergy.
My middle dd is 5. She was on Neocate only until 2 1/2 yrs old. She reacted to everything. She was a 33 weeker & had her first reaction in the hospital before we went home. Now she's doing better. Food aversion is more of a problem today. The only thing she can't have now is milk but aversions keep her diet very limited. The most interesting thing is that she's extremely tall for her age, even after being a preemie & on a liquid only diet for 2 1/2 years. Her drs are always baffled at her size given all she's dealt with.
My oldest dd is 11. She just had a bad milk allergy & reflux when she was younger. Now she just has to avoid citrus & grass. I feel bad with the grass one. She can't sit on the ground or else she gets a bad rash on her back side. She'd be so happy that I'm discussing her behind.
I'd noticed the vomiting & reactions at about 4 weeks old. Since I'm so allergic, I figured there was a pretty good chance she was as well.
I've had allergies since I was 7.
I am allergic to dairy, soy, peas, mushrooms, peaches, pineapple, peppers, really all fruit except apples & banana. I used to be very allergic to beef but can tolerate small amounts. MSG & preservatives aren't my friend either.
I'm also allergic to dogs, dust, feathers, flowers, & a lot of environmental.
I have to use special soaps (I can only use the liquid Cetaphil, I even react to their bar soap & the sensitive Dove one), special shampoos (I have no idea what is in some that I can't tolerate but I can only use Prell, Sebastian products & Herbal Essence, everything else is bad), special detergents, special cleaning products (7th Generation makes fragrance free cleaners, yay!), special lotions, special toilet paper (again I have no idea why some brands are bad but I can only use Marcal or Charmin, everything else is out) & only certain fabrics (wool & even tiny percentages of acrylic are bad). In warm weather, I can't open windows. I keep the air on at all times (at home & in the car) since I can't tolerate the grass & pollens.
I'm allergic to Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Neurontin, Zoloft, Sulfa drugs, Gentomycin, & all cephalosporin antibiotics (like Ceclor, Keflex, etc). LOL allergic to allergy meds I'm also allergic to Echinacea & St John's Wart. I carry my own Epi-pen. The medication, Echinacea, soy & mushroom allergies are the worst. So you can see where the girls get it from
When I had my middle dd, everyone sent flowers to the hospital. With in 3 hours, my face was like a balloon. I had to wait for someone to remove the flowers & do a big cleaning in my room. When I had my youngest, I politely asked everyone to not send any flowers. I also had a hard time when I used to work. They'd have cleaning people come in & I'd have to leave since they didn't have fragrance free products. I also couldn't work in the adult's dept or back room since they sold perfume & stored extra in the back.
I have to say that my medicine cabinet moved to a closet. We have inhalers, nebulizers, creams, pills, liquids, epi-pens. At least I'm covered for most problems.
Thankfully we all can tolerate Ensure, so we use that as a suppliment.
The pros & cons. The pros are that we read all lables & are very aware of what we are eating & products we are using in general. The cons have more to do with meal times. I can't just cook one dinner for us all since we all need something different. I end up making 2-4 different things & we just sit together.