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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes pins and needles on the face, neck and arms?

I had some pickle size cucumbers with my dinner that I have never eaten before. They come from Mexico and I have never had these before. About an hour after eating my face suddenly felt like pins and needles. It intensified and then it felt like my face was on fire. It then went down my neck and arms. Same thing, pins and needles and the fire. It was as if I was out in the sun for many many hours without protection. My skin is very red and my temperature is actually a couple degrees low, around 97 degrees. I don t know what happened but I attribute to the eating of the little cucumbers. I have eaten all kinds of other cukes with no problem. What is happening?
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

You are having allergic reaction to cucumber .
A person may be eating a food for many years without allergy and then all of sudden , he start showing allergy to same food .
Anyhow you should take drug such as tab Prednisolone and Levocetrizine plus Ranitidine for 5 days course.
As these are prescription drugs; please contact your local doctor.

I hope I have solved your query .
Let me know if I can assist you further in this query .

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