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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I'm celiac and lactose intolerant and I ate food tonight (prawn patties) that made me feel dizzy, headspin, bottom lip went numb and quivers, I almost passed out - within minutes. Please help, did I have an allergy?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   I'm 23, female
User :   (on my fiances account)
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms before?
User :   I have a history of celiac, lactose intolerance, low iron.
User :   No I have never had lip quiver or felt so dizzy after eating before.
Doctor :   Your present symptoms are vaguely suggesting an allergic reaction.
User :   It happened 30mins ago, and I forced myself to throw up the food. I feel better after getting the food out of my system, but my head is still spinning slightly, my lip is still numb and my eyes feel quite sore.
User :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Since you haven't had similar symptoms in the past,
Doctor :   a confirmed diagnosis of allergy isn't possible,
Doctor :   however
Doctor :   since you report of symptoms following sea food,
Doctor :   there are probable chances that it could have been an allergic reaction.
Doctor :   Let me suggest you few measures
Doctor :   1. Use Tablet Claritin one tablet stat now.
Doctor :   2. Watch out for symptoms such as persistent loose stools, itching, skin rashes or soreness, skin eruptions, persisting dizziness and so on.
Doctor :   3. If such symptoms develop, you may need injectable drugs.
Doctor :   4. Get an allergen test done for sea food products,
Doctor :   this will confirm if your present symptoms was infact an allergic reaction.
User :   But I've always been fine with seafood, in fact it's one of the few foods I can digest
Doctor :   Allergic reaction can occur at any time,
Doctor :   your present symptoms can be an allergic reaction, the allergen test will be the confirmative diagnosis.
Doctor :   If the allergen test comes positive to the sea food allergens, then you may have to avoid the sea food/particular sea food.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   OK, can I also ask. Even though I avoid gluten and dairy products, every night when I eat my stomach distends and I feel immediately tired/drained. I get quite a few pains in my stomach as well. Is this normal? Some doctors have just suggested it's IBS
User :   I'm sorry I don't have Claritin in my house.
Doctor :   Benadryl is an alternative drug.
Doctor :   One tablet of benadryl can be used.
Doctor :   Irritable Bowel syndrome is a possibility.
Doctor :   However lack of energy immediately after a meal can also happen if you are allergic to food.
Doctor :   Allergies prevent proper absorption of nutrients thereby can cause similar symptoms.
Doctor :   The confirmation on the allergens is a
Doctor :   by the allergen test.
Doctor :   Hence, I would suggest you to report back to your doctor,
Doctor :   and if possible get the allergen test to confirm allergies.
Doctor :   Avoiding the allergy causing diet with an alternative food product will make you feel better.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I only have nurofen in my house, my partner has gone to get me benadryl from a chemist
Doctor :   Nurofen is an antiinflammatory medication, and not useful for an allergic reaction.
Doctor :   Benadry tablets or Claritin tablets are antihistamines useful for treating allergic condition.
Doctor :   while your partner gets the medication, the best you can do, is lie flat on a bed.
Doctor :   The symptoms were mild, and since you vomited immediately
Doctor :   the chances that you will have an severe reaction is low.
Doctor :   Hence lie flat, take the medication suggested, report to your doctor and if necessary get the allergen test, to confirm the allergies.

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