My mom has been having strange episodes of hives and fatigue for over a year. She seems to think that it is a sulfite allergy but it just doesn't feel right to me.
About a year ago she was out in the garden and she felt something crawl up her pant leg. Thinking it was an ant she just smacked at her leg to brush it away but then realized that something was stinging her. She was stung 2 or 3 times in the leg by a bee (we live in B.C., Canada so there is nothing very poisonous to be worried about). The area where she was stung turned into a giant white welt and about half of her thigh became red and swollen. This lasted for about 3 or 4 days before it was mostly healed.
Three weeks later she started getting welts all over her body. Her feet had hives that had turned into lumps so massive that she couldn't even stand up, her hands were so swollen that she could not make a fist, her face was almost unrecognizable, and then her throat started swelling shut. I ended up rushing her to the emergency room at 3 in the morning. They took about 5 vials of blood, said that it was a virus or allergic reaction (He did not seem to care about the bee stings) and sent her out the door with pregnazone and benadryl.
The Hives were persistant for about 2 months leaving her completly bedriden on bad days, or napping 2 or 3 times on the sofa on good days. She changed her diet and things seemed to get better but she still has episodes of hives that cannot be explained by what she's eating. The allergist has ruled out all allergies and the doctor says they have ruled out all viruses as well as celiac and crone's but something is very obviously wrong! Has anyone out there heard of this before?
She thinks that it is a sulfite or gluten allergy because she can't eat most canned foods, wheat products make her fall asleep and freezies of all things give her massive lumps on her hands and feet.
I think that she is wrong because she is able to drink wine, eat pasta, potatos, and flour tortillas among other things without having any reaction at all.