Last night I awoke around midnight to my hip itching, and I thought something had bitten me. I got up to close the doors to the balcony of the condo we are staying in at the beach even though we had the screens closed, and the itching seemed to be more intense and spreading to more than just my hip. As I looked into the mirror, I noticed I had huge welts popping up on my back and hips. I thought it might be because I was scratching, so I hopped in the shower thinking it might help, but as I got out, the hives had spread to my neck, arms, and legs. I’ve never had an allergic reaction like this to anything before, but I knew it had to be that, so I took some allergy medicine. After which I soon realized my forehead, eye, and lips were starting to swell. It was now around 1:00AM, and I stayed awake for a little while longer until the itching seemed to subside, and my lips didn’t seem to be swelling anymore, and I fell asleep on the couch since I didn’t know what had caused it, and I didn’t want to return to the bedroom in case there was a bug that bit me or something in there causing it.
I woke up around 8AM this morning to more hives and my lips even more swollen, so I took more allergy medicine, and I gave it an hour or two and finally decided to head to an urgent care center since it wasn’t getting any better. Luckily, there wasn’t really much of a wait, so the doctor saw me pretty quickly. Of course, we went through all the suspect questions of new laundry detergent, soaps, shampoos, food, etc. To which, I responded no, but then I am in a condo, so I changed that to yes, and I did buy laundry detergent that I haven’t used in years. The doctor said it wasn’t likely that the detergent caused it since my lips were swelling too. That is apparently usually caused by something you eat or something stinging you, but since I was asleep and didn’t eat anything new, we just aren’t sure what is causing it, but apparently your body can react to stuff that it hasn’t before. This is really not comforting, and it makes me want to not eat anything I had yesterday or use the laundry detergent again….just in case.
The doctor gave me a steroid injection (yeah, I’m thinking if I was tested for steroids right now I wouldn’t pass, good thing I’m not that fast, lol), a prescription for a medrol steroid pack, directions to use Benadryl and Pepcid, and a prescription for an EpiPen before I left. She had me wait after the steroid injection before I could leave due to the lip swelling. She said that she was considering giving me some epinephrine there if it didn’t go down, but after about 15 minutes, it hadn’t gone down or gotten worse, so she left the decision up to me, and I really don’t like meds unless necessary, so I opted to wait. She was sending me with script for an EpiPen, so I figured I’d take my chances.
By the time we ate, picked up my scripts, and returned to the condo, my lip had returned to almost its normal size. It still has some slight swelling tonight that I can tell, but at least I don’t look like someone punched me in the mouth and gave me a fat lip anymore. Most of the hives have subsided for now as well, but I’m still taking the Pepcid & Benadryl, and I’ll start my medrol pack in the AM as directed. Hopefully, all of that will help with the horrible aching that I now have in my back and legs which I’m assuming is from the allergic reaction.
Since I’ve never had a reaction like this before, I’m now wondering if I need to go to an allergist and carry an EpiPen for the rest of my life. The doctor saying each subsequent exposure usually causes a worse reaction kind of has me freaking out. I’m really hating my body’s revolt, and this one better not interfere with my long run on Sunday!