Anybody who has had a allergic reaction to a food know that the first thing you want afterwards is comfort
You feel sick and bloated; itchy, tired and fed up more than likely
If you are like me you might have what is formal known as, my reaction pants.
These are a set of super baggy ultra soft lounge trousers, there not pretty but there first on if I am having a reaction. When your belly is swollen and you feel sick the last thing you will want is something tight around your waistline. Your body is reacting, moving and changing shape, it won’t want a restrictive item of clothing around it. Let it move it will be thankful for the space.
Sharing information is always your choice, but I would advise you tell your employers, family and friends of your food allergies. Not just because they can be aware so they don’t intentionally poison you, but if you have consumed anything you shouldn’t have they are aware of what you are going through. Maybe ask for some days off to let your body recuperate, not everybody will bounce back that day after a reaction. So allow yourself time to feel better if you can.
I consumed gluten last year by accident in the form of a pie and it took me 6 weeks to feel better. Time is a great healer as they say.
Do not be ashamed of your allergies, they are part of what makes you, you.
The most obvious thing to do after consuming a food allergen is not to eat anymore of whatever you are reacting to. Sounds simple, but you will be surprised the amount of food allergy sufferers I hear saying they have had allergy reactions but still eat that food because it’s nice.
Please try not to consume any products you have reactions to unless your willing to ride the after effects and are aware of all the risk associated.
Over the counter
Some food allergies work really well with antihistamines. You can purchase these over the counter from supermarkets and pharmacies.
Antihistamines work by reducing histamine in your blood; histamine is a chemical which is released by your body if it senses a threat. Your body will react to a allergen as a threat and the histamine will expand your blood vessels and can make you sneeze and produce a rash.
Like all medications antihistamines can come with side effects, the main one being sleepiness.
Other side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Difficulties emptying your bladder
There are different types of antihistamines; older types make you more sleepier than new types.
Please consult your GP before purchasing any over the counter medications.
An anaphylaxis reaction can not be treated the same as a “normal” allergic reaction; anaphylaxis or suspected anaphylaxis should be seen by healthcare professionals immediately. If you believe someone is having a anaphylactic reaction contact 999 (UK), 112 (EUROPE & UK) and 911 (USA & UK).
People who suffer with a severe food allergies, which if coming in contact with their allergen will result in a anaphylactic reaction may carry adrenalin injections.
These may come in a auto-injectors. The main 3 in the UK are:
Adults and older child will be trained to use their auto-injects on first symptoms of a anaphylactic reaction, however they will still need to go to hospital and be supported as anaphylaxis is a scary reaction to have.
Old wives tales or actual science
There are many a old wives tale around how to treat certain reactions. I have tried several; some with good effect some with nothing. But here’s a few tried and tested treatments.
- Flat fizzy pop– I was told once that if you are feeling nauseous let some fizzy cola go flat then drink it slowly over a period of time. Apparently the flat bubbles soothes upset tummies. I have tried this several times with mixed results. There has been no research studies found that supports this treatment.
- Sipping warm water and sugar for bloating– My mam swore by this treatment. Anytime I was bloated out came a cup of warm water with sugar, it was horrid. And I didn’t find it did anything unfortunately, again no research has been found to support this.
- Heat for reducing stomach discomfort– Tried it many a time and I have to say its worked each and every time. I use a hot water bottle (in a cover) and hold it against my stomach when I’m in discomfort. However, be aware if your also feeling nauseous the heat may increase the nauseous feelings.
- Inhaling lemon scents– Apparently the smell of lemons can help reduce nausea. I’ve heard that sipping fresh lemon juice in water throughout the day can help reduce the feeling if sickness but apparently the smell can too.
If you have any concerns or worries about possibly having a food allergy please contact your registered GP as soon as you can.