Reactions

First, if you’re currently experiencing a medical emergency, seek professional medical help! (See my disclaimer)

Reactions can occur rapidly and without warning. That’s why I always carry Unisom Sleep Melts and an EpiPen. Do not be afraid to use your EpiPen. Know when it’s needed by reading more on my EpiPen page.

There are numerous reactions and they differ in each individual. [1] These include:

  • stuffy or runny nose
  • hives or skin rash
  • itching or itchy, scaly skin (eczema)
  • sneezing
  • headache
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat, or other body parts
  • indigestion
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • asthma
  • anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially deadly allergic reaction that restricts breathing

Seek emergency medical treatment if you develop signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis, such as [2]:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Drooling and inability to swallow
  • Full-body redness and warmth (flushing)

There are also many triggers that cause reactions. These can be food consumption (beef, cane sugar, gelatin, etc.), topical (i.e. soap, toothpaste), medical (i.e. dentistry) and even airborne triggers. Of course, these can be delayed 2-8 hours, as in the case of food, or immediate (topical/medical).


[1] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318656.php

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alpha-gal-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20428608

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