Bethenny Frankel shared frightening news with fans on Monday night: she recently had a severe allergic reaction which required hospitalization.
"I have a rare fish allergy," she wrote Twitter . Frankel, 48, says she ate soup on Sunday, felt itchy, "and was unconscious for 15 minutes."
She was taken to the emergency room and finally to the intensive care unit with a blood pressure of 60/40. (A normal blood pressure is around 1
Frankel says she can not "speak", thought I had a stroke & dying. "She also says she was told if she would get help five minutes later" I would be dead "before she realized that 911 and an EpiPen" saved me. "She added," I'll never wear an epipen "before thanking the hospital where she was treated." Frankel tweeted to a fan that her fish allergy is "very unusual and confusing." I keep it for myself, because it is hard to describe. "
The symptoms of food allergies can vary depending on how severe your allergy is and how much allergy you have Exposed to the reaction of your body.
It's hard to tell how common they are, but they are counted among the most common food allergies by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) along with the proteins in cow's milk, eggs, peanuts , Wheat, soy, shellfish and tree nuts.
Symptoms of itching can occur if you are allergic to something and are exposed to it. Hives, swelling, diarrhea and wheezing when your body reacts. In the worst case, these symptoms may develop into anaphylaxis a life-threatening reaction in which your airways swell and close. The only way to treat anaphylaxis is to inject epinephrine (which can be self-administered via an EpiPen or another auto-injector), followed by a trip to the emergency room. Symptoms are not common in food allergy. but they can happen.
As SELF explained stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency in which the brain is either deprived of oxygen deficiency. Clots block the blood to where it needs to go, or because of a leak through a ruptured blood vessel arises. Stroke causes sudden weakness, deafness, loss of balance and possibly unconsciousness.
In addition to the more typical responses to food allergies (such as hives), people with severe food allergies may also experience a drop [19459004Bloodpressure after being exposed to allergen, explains Sandra Hong, an allergist and immunologist at Cleveland Clinic, opposite SELF. This symptom becomes more likely when you have respiratory problems associated with anaphylaxis, [May says the Mayo Clinic .
"With the drop in blood pressure, people feel dizzy or as if they're going out," Dr. Hong. If this waste is strong enough, they might actually pass out and become unconscious.
"When a person's blood pressure becomes very low, it means that the blood in our body that carries oxygen does not get to where it needs to be," said Olajumoke Fadugba, MD, director of the Allergy and Immunotherapy Fellowship Training program at Penn Medicine, opposite SELF. "If he is heavy enough, a person in this condition may not have adequate oxygenation of the brain or other body parts, and this may prove incapable of speaking or seeing temporarily." Frankel's symptoms were apparently at the grave end of an allergic reaction.
EpiPen or another epinephrine autoinjector is used here. "The sooner you use it, the less serious your reaction will be," says Dr. Hong. "People waiting and trying to figure out if they need an EpiPen or Benadryl are more likely to have more severe, life-threatening reactions." However, these things happen quickly: an anaphylactic reaction often occurs within minutes of exposure . to allergen.
If you have a severe food allergy, there are steps to protect yourself.
Attempting to avoid the foods that trigger your allergy is obviously important, but even with the utmost vigilance, inadvertent exposures can still happen, explains Dr. Fadugba. For this reason, she recommends that you wear two EpiPens (in severe reactions, you may need to use more than one to control your symptoms) and a medical alarm bracelet that tells others about your food allergy if you are unable to are emergency situation. It's also a good idea to make sure your friends and restaurant staff know about your allergy, she says.
If you have symptoms, you should respond quickly and use your adrenaline auto-injector. "Do not hesitate," says Dr. Hong. You should also make sure someone calls the 911 emergency number. "They should be taken to the emergency room for further treatment and monitoring," says Dr. Fadugba.
Most people with food allergies have only mild or moderate symptoms, such as drizzle, itching, or facial swelling, Dr. Fadugba, but serious reactions can happen. If you have been prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector, do not hesitate to use it if you suspect you have an allergic reaction – even if it does not seem "hard enough," as these reactions can become serious very quickly. "It's life-saving," says Dr. Hong.