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Has anybody experienced a severe anafalatic reaction to these chemicals being heated? 

Someone in our office made popcorn with butter flavor (fake butter) and I ended up in urgent care because I had to use my epi pen.

Scary…

Need help as work thinks it not real.

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  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, my goodness, TinaMarie! How are you feeling now? How very frustrating and stressful to add a problem with work onto an already scary situation.

    Good for you on recognizing  and using your epinephrine auto-injector!

    Are you allergic to dairy? Labels can be wrong — that's why there are recalls due to food allergens. Here's .

    Could you be allergic to corn? 

    My daughter is allergic to corn, and she's reacted to cross-contamination of corn on movie theater seats. 

  • Melissa G

    Tina, that had to be very scary!  Have you contacted your allergist? Sending you lots of !

  • Tinamarie

    I have been to an allergist on the island and all they claimed they could offer me was patch testing (huge waste of time and $) didn't learn anything new about my basic allergies. 

    There was only one doctor who specializes in occupational medicine for inhalants and he's not taking new patients. 

    Via a food elimination diet I learned I have reactions to corn and all derivatives of corn, but I have never had an issue with it being cooked. 

    I suspect it is the chemical diacetyl or one of the other flavor chemicals  like 2,3 pentanedione,   causing the issue. It only seems to be an issue when it is heated and disbursed into the air.  It is seriously like a wall when it hits me. Most people feel it is the smell but I automatically get confused and start choking when i come in contact with the chemical in the air. My eyes burn and water , sometimes my face burns, ears swell etc.

    What upsets me most is work totally gave me crap about it and acted like I was a problem for everyone and told me they couldn't accommodate me or I could work from my car that was a reasonable accommodation! Wow. 

    I still feel off from the 12/14 incident and my mouth and lips still feel tingly… this concerns me.

    Asthma medications don't seem to be working and I get very mild relief from the fenofexadrine.

    I feel like I need to wear a respirator sometimes. 

     

     

  • K8sMom2002
    Tinamarie posted:

    What upsets me most is work totally gave me crap about it and acted like I was a problem for everyone and told me they couldn't accommodate me or I could work from my car that was a reasonable accommodation! Wow. 

    Yikes! Have you reached out to Americans with Disabilities Act Hotline? . I know that some of our members here have had similar struggles with work.

    Hugs on the issues with corn. I will say that allergies can be unpredictable … past reactions don't necessarily predict future reactions. So could it be that your allergy to corn has now developed a lower thresholds? I do hope you can find a good allergist who will help you get to the bottom of all this!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I feel so awful that you were treated in such a bad way. Ignorance is a horrible and hurtful thing. You hold your head up high and be grateful that you knew how to take care of your problem. The heck with what anyone thinks. Your health and your life count the most. I am sorry you had to go through that.  HUGS!!!

  • Wheezy Me

    Tina, I'm sorry for all you've been through, first with the anaphylaxis (sure sounds scary) and then with your workplace. Did you speak to your boss/manager? I believe refusing to keep allergens out of your environment is against the law, if you had anaphylaxis.

  • Tinamarie

    Hanging in there, possibly found a Dr. Who can help pinpoint the actual irritant. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile work has gotten more ridiculous… sigh. All in good time.