Food reaction

Hello! What is the appropriate medical term for "my spit feels thicker and I feel like I need to keep clearing my throat" ?

That, plus tingling/numbness of my mouth & lips — but no redness, no swelling — happened after I ate some chicken salad that contains walnuts. I have eaten it many times in the past w/no rxn.

For food allergies, I have only reacted to almonds (mildly) in the past.

I'm in that "I've taken benadryl, I am not going to epi" phase right now.

So really, my question is not what I should do but … does that sensation have a real term??


Jenny (just passing the time while benadryl kicks in)


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  • K8sMom2002

    Jenny, what's your anaphylaxis action plan say to do? Epinephrine is the ONLY first-line treatment for anaphylaxis.

    Our action plan says two body systems (throat closing would be a BIG one), and we are to use epinephrine and call 911. 

    It could be , but since walnuts could have been cross-contaminated with almonds, I would err on the side of caution.

  • jtomotaki

    I don't really have an ana action plan. I have never reacted to food before — only time I've had ana rxns were at allergy testing and then after an allergy injection once – but times I was in the office when they gave me epi.

    I've had OAS type reactions to fresh fruits but this feels different. But I guess what I've described is what people label as throat closing? But I don't feel like I am having trouble breathing.

    I'm doing okay now though.

  • K8sMom2002

    People can develop an allergy to something in their adult life — me with celery. Ate it all my life and then, boom – hives, the works.

    I would at least get to an ER. 

    Antihistamines can mask part of an anaphylactic reaction. That's why our doctor tells us to use epinephrine first and let the ER do antihistamines and steroids.

    Here's how to recognize :

    Be Aware of Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

    The symptoms of anaphylaxis may occur shortly after having contact with an allergen and can get worse quickly. You can’t predict how your child will react to a certain allergen from one time to the next. Both the types of symptoms and how serious they are can change. So, it’s important for you to be prepared for all allergic reactions, especially anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis must be treated right away to provide the best chance for improvement and prevent serious, potentially life-threatening complications.

    Symptoms of anaphylaxis usually involve more than one part of the body such as the skin, mouth, eyes, lungs, heart, gut, and brain. Some symptoms include:

    • Skin rashes and itching and hives
    • Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
    • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing, wheezing (whistling sound during breathing)
    • Dizziness and/or fainting
    • Stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Feeling like something awful is about to happen
  • Jen

    Jenny – I would check in w your doctor.  If things don’t improve, I’d suggest calling 911. 

  • Megan Roberts

    Antihistamines can mask part of an anaphylactic reaction. That's why our doctor tells us to use epinephrine first and let the ER do antihistamines and steroids.

    … Agreed with @K8sMom2002's assessment. Would be best to get medically evaluated as what you're describing could very well be anaphylaxis and it sounds like you don't have an epi on hand. 

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!

  • jtomotaki

    Hi y'all! Sorry for the long absence!! I am doing pretty well. All my food allergy testing came back negative and I haven't had any further reactions, so yay!!!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    @jtomotaki, Glad to hear you are feeling better! Did your doctor give you an anaphylaxis action plan? If not, you can share AAFA's template () with him/her and ask for it to be completed. Having a completed plan will guide you when you are unsure of what to do in a future similar situation.