Posted 6/25/2013 9:52 PM (GMT -6)
I recently had a cookout/barbecue that spanned for two days over the Memorial Day weekend. During the cookout, we had crabs, shrimp, red wine, pineapple juice (w/ rum), sausages, meats...all kinds of food. At the end of the second day, I slowly started to break out in hives. By nighttime, I was covered in hives. I took Benadryl during the night. Only to wake up lightheaded and pass out on the floor. (I didn't lose consciousness). My husband called 911 and I went to the ER and was given EpiPen shot and steroids. A week later I was allergy tested and tested negative for all foods but very high for trees, grass, weeds.
So after a week of not eating much because I thought I had developed an allergy to crabs, I began to eat regular again and had a few drinks during the week. By the end of the week, the hives came back. They grew worse over 3 days even with taking Atarax. I woke up with a swollen eye and lip and ended up back in the ER. Same thing again.
This was 2 weeks ago, I'm taking one Zyrtec daily and haven't had hives since. My doctor is baffled. My Allergist wants me to come back in but suspects it's Ideopathic Uticaria. I can't accept that. There has to be a cause.
So...my question is could the holiday weekend have caused my histamine levels to overload my system? Since I didn't know I had an allergy to trees and grass, my body must have been producing histamine due to the amount of time I was in the grass. Then eating/drinking high histamine foods may have worsened it.
Does this make sense?