Identify my histameanies
December 18, 2011 7:46 PM Subscribe
What caused this allergic reaction?
posted by kengraham to health & fitness (14 answers total)
Just spent several days without leaving my apartment or consuming anything unusual, i.e. had a seemingly extra-low-risk week, allergywise. Also, I have no known allergy to anything. Then went to hospital this morning suffering from some type of anaphylactic thing, which doctors attributed to an allergic reaction, although they cannot say to what. Apparently (according to the emergency room doctor) this is the case in "99%" of such incidents*.
He didn't tell me specifically that there was an allergy involved, but when they rotated shifts, I heard my name and my case being described to the other doctors as: "Patient kengraham, 24, severe allergic reaction". The symptoms described on WebMD correlate almost exactly with mine, so I think this is a safe bet. What I wonder is, how can I identify what caused the reaction? If it's so common for allergy-sufferers not to know their hives' and convulsions' provenance, maybe there is some procedure for figuring out the cause and avoiding it.
YANMD, but just brainstorm, here. What random things could have caused such a reaction?
*Actually, he said "99% of the time", so what I said may not be quite true if known-allergy incidents last longer ;-)