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Sudden Swelling - allergy like symtoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 16, 2006
  • 08:31 PM

Hi there,

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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  • "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." You are the very first person ive come across who has had this happen too. This recently happened to me.. what was weird is that i got an allergic reaction to the food the moment i placed the food in my mouth.. even before i swallowed (or maybe even sooner!!!!!.. just as i was bringing it to my mouth.. it was weird). My reaction to the food i was about to eat thou was gagging and i almost threw up.. intense waves of nausea. What also was weird was it was a food i commonly eat (salad sandwich) and I was looking forward to eatting it and it smelt great and i was hungry (and i are not pregnant). There was no reason at all which i can think of for the intense food allergy like reaction I got to it even before I swallowed. Sorry i cant help you.. but i just wanted to share my kind of similar strange reaction.. this actually thou only happened the once (a few weeks back) and hasnt happened again to me.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 11:35 AM
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