I have 2 questions here.
I became allergic to peanuts sometime last year but it was only recently that I got some bloodwork done to test my allergies. It turns out I'm allergic to wheat, peanuts, milk and beef. The only thing I've ever had a reaction to was peanuts and my doctor said that my allergies were so slight (they all came out equivocal/low, ranging from about
0.12 to 0.16) that I could continue eating my regular diet (minus the peanuts since I've already had a reaction) and be fine. But now I'm super anxious about
everything that I eat and whenever I eat something that I think may contain one of my allergens I get an anxiety attack but I confuse it with anaphylaxis. My anxiety symptoms are a burning mouth and shortness of breath/hyperventilating, a hoarse voice and sometimes diarrhea but those are the same symptoms as anaphylaxis. I also have asthma so when this happens I just use my inhaler as I don't want to waste my epipen if I'm not sure if its an allergic reaction or not. As soon as I stop eating and stop thinking about
it my symptoms disappear which leads me to believe its just anxiety. I never get any of the other physical symptoms like hives, rashes or swelling anywhere on my body. And I can still swallow.
So my first question is how can I tell an anxiety attack apart from anaphylaxis if they have very similar symptoms? And my second question is will all of my allergic reactions to things other than peanuts be anaphylactic since I experience anaphylaxis with peanuts?
Post Edited (floralisa1223) : 7/29/2016 8:45:57 PM (GMT-6)