I had food allergies as a child but outgrew them. I have asthma. I've always had significant environmental and animal allergies. I'm too allergic for allergy shots, I wheeze in response. I'm allergic to 5 different classes of antibiotics (hives). That was enough, or so I thought.
1) In October, I ended up in the ER with an anaphylactic reaction to almonds. Severe diarrhea, giant hives covering face, eyes, lips, inside mouth. In the past, I recall feeling nauseated when eating cashews, but otherwise this reaction was out of the blue.
2) In November, I had a reaction to avocado (my favorite food). In the past, I'd occasionally had a hive on my lips when eating avocado.
3) Today, it happened again after eating an orange. Diarrhea, but less severe, giant hives, but not as many. Regular hives covering neck and torso. Some light-headedness, too. In the past, I frequently had a hive on my lips when eating oranges (or grapefruit, strawberries, tomatoes, pineapple, and bananas)
I spoke with my physician after the first two reactions and he said I didn't need an allergist and he prescribed an epipen.
What the heck do I do? Give up any food that has ever given me a hive on my lips? Food allergies get worse with repeated exposure, right?
Thanks for the help!!