Allergic reaction experiences?

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  1. DisneyATlast

    DisneyATlast Mouseketeer

    Jan 8, 2013
    Sooo.....I've managed to survive 29 years without ever having an allergic reaction to anything. I've never had any kind of rash, mild reaction, nothing!

    Well, this morning I used the restroom a couple of times and felt like I REALLY needed to urinate, but then didn't do anything impressive. :rotfl:

    It wasn't a big deal, but I thought I'd go ahead and take an antibiotic I had in the cabinet from a urinary tract infection I had a long time ago. According to the bottle, it was expired, but as a nurse I knew it would be okay because they have to put an unrealistic date on the bottle. I had taken several of the tablets (Ciprofloxacin) when I had an actual diagnosed UTI with no problem.

    After I took a tablet, my face started itching within about 2 minutes. I thought it was weird, and I felt a bump, but brushed it off as a bug bite. Then, it started itching so bad that I had to use my sweater sleeve to get some good friction/relief! :lmao: I noticed another bump...a big one! So, I got up to look in the mirror and my face... :scared: OH EM GEE! MY FACE! I had welts the size of marbles! Not just flat ones either, they were raised!

    I thought, Okay....calm down. You're a nurse. You know what to do here. Benadryl! I didn't have any Benadryl. Should I hop in the car and go get some? What if I started having trouble breathing while I was driving? Oh my gosh....I had to take a shower! If I had to go to the ER because I stopped breathing, I could not go in there all smelly (and I was smelly)! I was trying not to panic because when I started to panic, it felt like I was having trouble breathing. I needed to know if I was actually breathing or not! :rotfl2:

    I woke my husband up, told him what I had taken, and that I was going to take a really quick shower so at least he'd know what was up incase things got worse instead of better. the time I got out of the shower, things were about the same. My face looked INSANE, but hadn't gotten any worse. It turned out that I was going to live afterall! The welts slowly started to vanish, but I STILL (14 hours later?) have a raised area on the side of my face, but it has improved and I'm sure it will go away too. WHAT a scary experience!!

    It's official. I have an allergy. :sad: Ok, so it's not that big of a deal. I'm actually grateful for the experience now that all is well. I'm a new nurse and even though I know how serious allergic reactions can be, I've always given people oral antibiotics without much thought. It's just not one of those medicines (like other meds that cause respiratory depression) that any of us typically worry about. Well, until now!

    After today, I'm definitely going to be on higher alert even when giving out "routine" meds. I never in a million years thought I'd have an allergic reaction at this point in my something I've taken in the past with no problem. I know what all the literature says, but there's nothing like a real life experience to open your eyes.

    So, has anyone else ever had a sudden allergic reaction? How'd it turn out? Also, take this as a warning that even if you've taken a "simple" antibiotic in the past, at LEAST be sure to have access to a phone (and clean underwear on ;)) when starting a new round of antibiotics!
  2. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

    Aug 31, 1999
    My GP has told me a number of times that the most "dangerous" medications he prescribes are antibiotics due to the number of adverse reactions and allergic reactions.

    I've never had an allergic reaction appear that suddenly but I am allergic to some antibiotics. I am also allergic to a filler used in common OTC pain relievers. It's a mild reaction (usually a hive or two on my chest within about 30 minutes of ingestion) but I avoid them.
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  4. glammadiva

    glammadiva DIS Veteran

    Oct 10, 2009
    I'm allergic to ants! Started when I was 26. And no, not just red ants or fire ants - all ants!! I have gone into shock from an ant bite. That is not fun!!
  5. Kathryn Merteuil

    Kathryn Merteuil Barden Bella

    May 11, 2012
    Ceclor (I think that's how it is spelled), it was some kind of antibiotic. After taking a few of those, I broke out with a rash, wow that wasn't fun.
  6. bballmom56

    bballmom56 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2004
    DS suddenly had a severe hive reaction to a cephalosporin antibiotic when he was about 10 yo. He had been taking it for some illness and was almost done with the course (had taken about 7 days out of 10 days worth) when he started itching one night. The hives just kept growing and growing, ultimately growing into each other into one big hive on his stomach. He was miserable beyond belief and of course, nothing OTC touches the itch from hives like that. So off to the ER we went at about 1 am. They gave him oral prednisone which he promptly lost when we got outside. So back in again for an injection. He had to stay on prednisone for about 2 weeks, yet new hives kept appearing during that time while the antibiotic was still in his system.

    After that, he had a reaction to doxycycline that he had to take for Lyme disease, but that showed itself as vasculitis.

    We have had to be very careful with all antibiotics now. He does seem to be able to take erythromycin in small, but frequent doses or Z pack. But we certainly try to avoid them whenever possible.

    He had never had any reaction to any drug prior to the first episode.
  7. PigletsPal2

    PigletsPal2 Queen of the Realm

    Jun 20, 2008
    When DD#1 was almost two years old, my MIL, who was babysitting, called me at work in a sheer panic. DD's little face, which was already as round as a pumpkin, had swelled to the size of a beachball, her little eyes were nothing but slits, and her ears were as big as cauliflowers.

    I rushed her to the ER, where the doctor calmly asked what DD had eaten for lunch. She had scrambled eggs. Well, apparently an egg allergy isn't terribly unusual in children younger than two, and that's what she was experiencing. He gave her Benedryl and by dinner time she was right as rain. But it gave me, a new mother, and MIL, the moher of seven, a real scare. Luckily DD#1 has outgrown her egg allergy; it's one of her go-to meals.

    Queen Colleen
  8. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    Yep, pain meds, all of them. Gave me hives IN THE HOSPITAL after my gallbladder removal. I was never allergic and suddenly BAM! I itched all night long.

    Now I did not have hives on the face but when I got home and took off my clothes is when I saw the hives. I got a couple of other pain meds and ended up being allergic to those!

    As I get older, I have become more sensitive to meds. It stinks.:crazy2:

    I really have to watch my teeth because if I get an issue I am up a creek. Nothing is worse than tooth pain.
  9. Darcy03231

    Darcy03231 DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2006
    I hate having to get antibiotics for anything because I'm allergic to penicillan, sulfer, cephlasporins, zithromax, codeine and ibuprofin.
  10. SarahC73

    SarahC73 Earning My Ears

    Jan 3, 2013
    My mum a few years back had a reaction to penicillin, went into anaphylactic shock, which was extremely scary, called an ambulance & was taken to hospital and was thankfully sorted out. She now has to carry a card with her explaining this.

    My DH also has reactions to Tetnus jabs, a few hours after having one, he passes out (has happened twice now), which is very odd!
  11. SaraJayne

    SaraJayne <font color=red>Stop moving those smilies! <img sr

    Mar 6, 2009
    I'm allergic to penicillin (so is DS).

    I found out after I went to the ER for a suspected blood clot (but turned out to be cellulitis) and as soon as she injected Rocephin into my IV, I immediately felt tingling in my scalp/face and could feel the hives starting on my face. Yup, allergic.
  12. dhcoffey

    dhcoffey <font color=blue>Home inspections keep the dh busy

    Apr 6, 2001
    When my DD19 was 17, she had an allergic reaction and we couldn't figure out to what, so we had her tested. She's allergic to grass. Yes, grass. Talk about fun! She's had a couple of reactions that lead to the ER but we think we've got it figured out now. She has to stay away from fresh cut grass. That seems to be what triggers it. Fun, though, since she's at college and they cut the grass often. She's taken to wearing masks while walking to class if they're cutting that day.

  13. I loveStitchnippyjon

    I loveStitchnippyjon DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2007
    OP, your reaction is exactly like mine to sulfa drugs! I had taken them at least twice before without problems. This time, I swallowed the first dose and within 5 minutes the bumps started popping out! Luckily I had Benedryl on hand and they were gone within an hour or so.
  14. hiwaygal

    hiwaygal Only someone as wonderful as Donna can get my PM's

    Apr 21, 2005
    Not really an allergic reaction, but a sensitivity issue/side effect with amoxycillin (migraines) and sulfa drugs.

    One of the nurses at my GP told me to list them as allergies because it is possible for sensitivity issues to become allergies at some point in your life. She said it's better to be safe than sorry.
  15. njmom47

    njmom47 He's such a fiend!

    Oct 14, 2007
    My story:
    Back about 1982, I dated a guy who made really good money and lived at home. We would go out to dinner a LOT, to a lobster/seafood place.
    I must've eaten lobster 20 times that year.
    Anyway, fast forward to 1987. Lobster tails for dinner. ER visit ensues.
    A few months later, Shrimp Chow Mein. ER visit ensues. A few months after that, very expensive restaurant while on vacation, scallops. Another ER visit.
    I have given up shellfish, and to this day, I am afraid to eat it! I miss it terribly.
    I have no explanation why I could eat it regularly, and suddenly be allergic. :confused3
  16. LuLuO

    LuLuO <font color=darkblue>I am against mandatory fun<br

    Mar 8, 2010
    I have anaphylaxis when I eat raw fruits and veggies, when I take penicillin, sulfa drugs, and percocet. I get hives and swelling when I come into contact with latex. I had a terrible reaction to compazine but it wasn't really an allergy, just a serious adverse reaction.
  17. Tinker'n'Fun

    Tinker'n'Fun Apple peaches pumpkin pie, not ready holler "I"

    Mar 27, 2005
    I have always been a horrible pill taker. Many upset my stomach which throw me into a panic.

    I am allergic to Sulpha drugs which was an easy find after a day at an amusement park when I was a teenager. No one else got any sun, I was full of hives that looked like a huge sunburn.

    Now I am careful. I had to start Augmentin yesterday and I have some little stabs of itches. No rash, no breathing problems, just these quick stabs of itch. I will take my pill this morning an re-evaluate later today. I could very much be doing this to myself.

    As for your reaction I worked in a pharmacy. Some pills were closer to expiration than others. Could the antibiotic you took break down into something else like aspirin does? You may want to consider it as you may have a totally different or an extra allergy along with the antibiotic. Plus those fillers are horrible to people with allergies.

    Hope you are feeling better really soon!
  18. fairestoneofall

    fairestoneofall DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2007
    i am allergic to amoxicillin. i am never prescribed any of the "cillins" because of it. (sorry--i'm not a nurse, so i know that's not a technical term.)

    i had Group B Strep with my last baby. they had to find something they thought i could take. within 20 minutes, my head started itching like crazy! i could not scratch it enough! the nurse had to shoot me full of Benadryl!

    DS is allergic to peanuts and walnuts. when he was a toddler, we had to get him tested to find out what he was allergic to. he'd get hives around his mouth when he'd eat certain things. we just wanted to be sure we knew what to avoid.
  19. Muushka

    Muushka <font color=red>I usually feel like I just stepped

    Aug 16, 1999
    Just a side note. If you have a UTI, it is not a good idea to just take an antibiotic, for a host of reasons. Even if they haven't expired.

    My sister, a pharmacist, only gives meds up to 1 year after expiration
    (at home, not at work) and that is dependent on the drug.

    If someone truly has a UTI, by taking that one antibiotic messes up any culture and sensitivity that may be necessary to properly treat the infection.

    OP, glad you are all right.

    I only had one very allergic reaction (a couple of mild ones). My entire trunk was a mass of swollen and rash. I was physically sick, stomach ache, chills, aching all over. Went to the Urgent Care (I don't go there unless it is serious!) and got treatment. It was a very scary ordeal, one that I have no desire to repeat, just wish I knew what caused it!
  20. jenjifer

    jenjifer Mouseketeer

    Oct 13, 2010
    Oh yes!

    At age 38, I suddenly became allergic to NSAIDS. Some backstory -- I was suffering a pretty bad case of chronic hives which we eventually determined was brought on by a latex reaction. I had hives on my arms and torso constantly, and some days I'd wake up looking like a cartoon character with my upper lip protruding! (All this time allergist was trying different meds to suppress the hives). Then one morning I woke up and took some advil ('cause I was sore from joining a gym the day before -- always knew exercise would kill me) soon noticed it was getting really hard to breathe -- throat felt like it was closing. Ended up in ER. Eventually remembered that I had taken some Advil another time during the whole chronic hives experience I had taken Advil and one of my eyes became so swollen I couldn't see.

    I wholeheartedly believe change in my body chemistry had to do that I had just weaned my baby from nursing, so things weren't working as they had before. Really weird.

    Hope you figure it out -- it's scary!
  21. lemondog

    lemondog <font color=darkorchid>My twins fight over who too

    Oct 5, 2004
    OP that reaction actually sounds kind of like erythema multiforme, which is a very serious allergic reaction one step away from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Be very very careful!

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