Well, today I had an allergic reaction to some ginger on, of all things, a potato chip. I always watch what I eat in terms of baked goods that tend to include it, and I have learned to also ask about Allspice which caused a similar reaction. But, a potato chip? Didn't even think about it when the bag was offered to me, I took one, tasted good, than about a minute later I could feel the pressure in my chest.
Luckily, I was in the TICU at that time. I grabbed my bag, sucked on the inhaler I always carry and got a Benadryl from one of the RN's. Things seemed ok for a few minutes but then my voice started changing so I went down to the E.D. where I was given a dose of IV steroids and IV Benadryl. Within a few minutes I was feeling much better, and they kept me for observation for another 1/2 hour. I came home and slept off the Benadryl.
Of course, when I awoke, I noted 5 trauma code pages that went off... wonder how many of those are going to be in the ICU when I get back tomorrow morning... I am guessing that the "gun shot wound to the chest" will most likely be there. So will I. Bright and early. Now having learned to add "Spicy Chips" to my list of "foods to check before I eat."