Well, I'm glad you're OK. Sometimes when you go GF you introduce new things into your diet, so you could well have an allergy. Be sure to check it out if you think you're allergic. (I've been GF for about 5 years - It's hard at first, but I feel *so* much better that it was definitely worth it. So Hang in there!) (Oh, also, once off gluten for a while, you may react more strongly when you get "glutened" - be sure to watch for hidden glutens in foods (soy sauce, spices etc.)
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Just wanted to give an update. I ate the repeat meal. Nothing happened. Also, my nose started running today and my throat had been irritated lately and is getting sorer now. It seems like I'm experiencing environmental allergies. I've never heard of general all over facial itching(only nose and eyes) associated with it. But it seems like that's what it is. And everyone in my area has been experiencing allergies this year, must be a bad year for pollen. Sorry to give everyone a scare.
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Okay well. I didn't go to the doctor (unfortunately they think i'm crazy). But I didn't eat anything for about 36 hours and the itching didn't go away (although it has gotten better). The weird red spots went away. I was told by a friend with serious food allergies that the itching (when food related) is usually the worst on the lips, tongue, and throat which I didn't have. I ate yesterday evening and ate only rice (which I ate all last week but not the day I reacted), veggies (not the same veggies I ate the day I reacted), and fruit (same as veggies). I'm still itching (although not nearly as bad)and now completely raw. I'm thinking maybe it's either an environmental thing, stress related, or a spider bite (I have a large spider infestation in my house: especially really large wolf spiders-although I can't feel a bite area I haven't really checked my entire body and the bite could be really small). Thanks for all of your help. I've decided I'm going to make the same meal I ate the other day and eat it in company of other people (in case the reaction gets worse) and if the itching comes back worse I will then do more investigating into the food.
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I'm sorry you're feeling so crappy. I understand the fear of eating, I got glutened on GF boxed food I prepared in my GF house. On the 2nd day I was driving down the road bawling because I was starving and afraid to east since I didn't know what was going to make me sick next. Every where I looked I saw food as poison. That was my lowest point after accepting I had CD. It's possible that your body was so busy fighting the gluten that you didn't notice food allergies before and now you're body has reserves to fight the allergens and that was your reaction. A lot of people find they have food allergies once they go GF.
I have a question about the rash. Is it all over your face or just on one side? I ask because if it is just on one side, and doesn't look like hives but is kind of pimply and blistered, it could be shingles. They are brought on by stress. One of the things to know is that they only affect one side of the body. They are painful. If they are on both sides then it is something else. You can likely eat brown rice and plain cooked veg. agree with not mixing foods for a few days to see if you can figure out the difference. How were you diagnosed and is it celiac or a serious sensitivity? I'll be praying for you. If you think you have shingles, don't try to tough it out. I did that and regret it. KathyI
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I would also suggest contacting your doctor. You might need to eat one thing at a time for a while and wait for 2 hours and see if you have a reaction (no mixed foods). I have heard of someone else who did this and then found safe foods and went on a rotation diets so as to not become sensitive to any certain food due to eating it too often.
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Hi everyone. I'm 22 years old. Just went gluten-free (strict gluten-free) about a week ago. I have had ups and downs. Some parts of the day I have what feels like detox/withdrawal symptoms: get really hot, sweat, extreme brain fogs where I space out in the middle of a conversation, and worsening of my original intestinal and anxiety symptoms. Other parts of the day I feel great with energy (positive not negative energy like anxiety) I haven't had since I was a kid. But that's not the issue I need to address. Yesterday I ate lunch and almost immediately afterward I started getting EXTREMELY itchy on my face especially my nose, eye area, and neck area. Isolated areas of the rest of my body itched. There were a few patched of small red dots clustered together on my neck area (but not raised like hives), other than that there was no real rash. I have never had this reaction to anything, the only similar reaction I had was when I was allergic to a laundry detergent (however I had no rash then and the itching was everywhere not localized). The itching is still not gone today as I write this. I also have felt sick to my stomach. My face is raw and feels almost like I got into fiberglass insulation, but I know I didn't. I'm afraid to eat because the things I ate for lunch were all ingredients I have eaten before and I'm afraid I may have developed a new allergy (even if there was hidden gluten (meaning really hidden) I have never had this reaction to gluten. I'm afraid if I expose myself the reaction might get worse and I live by myself in the country about 40 minutes from the nearest hospital. Does anyone have any insight into what this might be? Can you develop allergies overnight? Does going gluten-free make it easier for you to develop allergies? Is there something I'm missing? I really have not eaten since lunch yesterday. Any response appreciated.
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