Surviving on rice, chicken and pears - Vitamin causing angioedema?

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spiritgirl
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   Posted 4/3/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I came across the forum while researching Chronic Hives and angioedema.

I've been to 4 different doctors in the last 2 months and they have not been of any help. I've had blood work done (normal but I certainly don't look normal sitting here with an eyelid swollen, a fat lip and a ballooned foot!) and the earliest the Allergist can see me is in 4 months.

I've been on a pears, chicken, rice and celery diet for 10 days now. I've seen some reduction in hives even though I still break out every SINGLE day.

Last night, feeling concerned I was missing out on vital minerals and vitamins, as you would surviving on this diet, I took a Blackmores Vitamin C and B tablet and this morning I woke up looking like I do (see above).

Does anyone else react to Vitamin tablets?

PS I'm also shovelling down anti-histamines by the bucketload. I'd hate to see what I'd look like without them

Razzle
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   Posted 4/4/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
If the vitamin has PABA in it, that is one possible source of your allergic response. Another possibility is sensitivity to a type of preservative called sulfites (actually there are 6 types of sulfites, all of which may be used as preservatives). Many vitamins contain sulfites because they are derived from corn, and all processed corn is sulfited. I've had systemic reactions to vitamins myself, so I understand your concern. You might try Country Life brand - they are much more careful about quality control than some of the less expensive brands. I get mine at a local health food store (I don't have any financial connection w/ Country Life, I'm just a satisfied customer).

Have you tried H2 blockers (Zantac, Pepcid, etc.) in addition to the usual H1 blockers (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Tavist, etc.)? Sometimes you have to block more than just one type of histamine to see a response. Also, histamines are only part of the puzzle....the late phase of allergic reactions isn't blocked by antihistamines. You might want to talk to your doctor about trying Singulair while you are waiting to get in to see the Allergist, to see if that helps some too.

Good luck,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), IV Ceftazidime (for Pleural Effusion).


spiritgirl
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/6/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi razzle, thanks for your reply :)

I have been taking Zantac with the anti-histamines - hasn't really done anything to stop the hives.

Razzle
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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
You might ask the Allergist's office if they have a cancellation list you can be put on, or call them every few days and ask if there have been any cancellations.

Another trick to help speed up getting in to see a specialist is to have your Primary Care Provider call and say you need to be seen urgently. Or sometimes discussing your symptoms with the specialist's nurse can get you in to see them a lot sooner.

I hope this helps - good luck,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), IV Ceftazidime (for Pleural Effusion).

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