My swelling parotid glands are making my life a misery. Normally the swelling starts with a sharp pain in my gland/jaw with the first bite of something, followed by rapid swelling of my parotid glands.
When this first started it only happened on one side, now it affects both sides, my whole face/neck/eyes swell (glands very painful) and I get allergy like symptoms of itching hives and welts, a swollen tongue and other swollen body parts. This is a recent but frightning development which can only be fixed with an emergency trip to the hospital for a huge intravenous dose of antihistamine and steroids.
Everything points to an allergy but this is where it gets strange.
It happens with all different types of food and ALWAYS at the first crunch, i.e. before I have actually eaten/swallowed the food.
It happens with foods I have eaten regularly before - for example, last week I bit into a pickled onion crisp - wham, sudden severe and painful swelling with allergy like reaction. I finished the packet the following night (just to prove a point) and no reaction.
Reactions from a variety of random things such as an apple, a slice of toast, some crisps (potato chips), chicken jalfrezi, a sausage sandwich.
I'm terrified to eat anything that might require chewing and I'm scared to eat when I'm in the house alone, just in case.
Sorry for rambling on but the doctors are getting nowhere and I'm just praying that someone can identify with this and give me some pointers.
Thanks so much.
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