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    Nathalie Chiva Guest

    Default Mackerel allergy

    I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    the face and arms.
    I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    Any good advice?
    I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>

    Nathalie in Switzerland

  2. #2
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    "Nathalie Chiva" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel
    messaggio news:[email protected]..
    >I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>
    >
    > Nathalie in Switzerland


    I am sorry to hear this. My daughter has developed an allergy to seafood
    because of the iodine and can't have any anymore. The doctor said any next
    time could be anaphylactic shock and death.

    If you are reacting to fish it is to something in the fish and it is worth
    finding out what.



  3. #3
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    "Nathalie Chiva" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel
    messaggio news:[email protected]..
    >I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>
    >
    > Nathalie in Switzerland


    I am sorry to hear this. My daughter has developed an allergy to seafood
    because of the iodine and can't have any anymore. The doctor said any next
    time could be anaphylactic shock and death.

    If you are reacting to fish it is to something in the fish and it is worth
    finding out what.



  4. #4
    hahabogus Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>
    >
    > Nathalie in Switzerland
    >


    I'd get checked out medically...it might not be a food allergy, or it
    could be a food allergy...in anycase the docotor will have a anti itch
    cream.

    maybe you have a stress issue, maybe you contacted something during
    outside activities...maybe there's insects in the house.

    It would be a shame to write off fish when there's a spider in the house.
    or you came into contact with poison oak or maybe the aliens hit you with
    their well documented itch ray or the guy next door was spraying with
    something noxious or that new fabric softener/laundry soap disagrees with
    you or that 'gold' necklace your true love gave you is just painted gold.
    Or the sunblock/some lotion doesn't work for you.

    So you see it looks like the fish but it might not be....better to be
    safe than sorry. So get the allergy test and the anti-itch cream.

    PS I hope it isn't the Aliens and stop hot waxing your chest. a joke.

    --

    The house of the burning beet-Alan

    A man in line at the bank kept falling over...when he got to a teller he
    asked for his balance.


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    hahabogus Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>
    >
    > Nathalie in Switzerland
    >


    I'd get checked out medically...it might not be a food allergy, or it
    could be a food allergy...in anycase the docotor will have a anti itch
    cream.

    maybe you have a stress issue, maybe you contacted something during
    outside activities...maybe there's insects in the house.

    It would be a shame to write off fish when there's a spider in the house.
    or you came into contact with poison oak or maybe the aliens hit you with
    their well documented itch ray or the guy next door was spraying with
    something noxious or that new fabric softener/laundry soap disagrees with
    you or that 'gold' necklace your true love gave you is just painted gold.
    Or the sunblock/some lotion doesn't work for you.

    So you see it looks like the fish but it might not be....better to be
    safe than sorry. So get the allergy test and the anti-itch cream.

    PS I hope it isn't the Aliens and stop hot waxing your chest. a joke.

    --

    The house of the burning beet-Alan

    A man in line at the bank kept falling over...when he got to a teller he
    asked for his balance.


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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva wrote:
    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>


    Take antihistamine, stay away from that fish and see your doctor!




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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva wrote:
    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>


    Take antihistamine, stay away from that fish and see your doctor!




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    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    The message <[email protected]>
    from Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> contains
    these words:

    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?


    Both fish poisoning and fish allergy may produce hives. You need a
    doctor's advice asap to distinguish which it was. Don't wait for another
    incident before contacting your Dr, an allergic reaction around the
    mouth and throat can be a serious risk.

    Janet.


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    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    The message <[email protected]>
    from Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> contains
    these words:

    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?


    Both fish poisoning and fish allergy may produce hives. You need a
    doctor's advice asap to distinguish which it was. Don't wait for another
    incident before contacting your Dr, an allergic reaction around the
    mouth and throat can be a serious risk.

    Janet.


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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    >and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>


    Mackerel is more closely related to tuna than it is to herring.

    Hopefully your allergic reaction is a one-off thing that will
    not return. (And possibly, it wasn't even the mackerel, but
    something else in your environment.)

    Steve

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    >and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>


    Mackerel is more closely related to tuna than it is to herring.

    Hopefully your allergic reaction is a one-off thing that will
    not return. (And possibly, it wasn't even the mackerel, but
    something else in your environment.)

    Steve

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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Steve wrote on Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:11:17 +0000 (UTC):

    ??>> I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch
    ??>> but, herring and mackerel being close friends, I didn't
    ??>> dare <sigh>

    SP> Mackerel is more closely related to tuna than it is to
    SP> herring.

    SP> Hopefully your allergic reaction is a one-off thing that
    SP> will not return. (And possibly, it wasn't even the
    SP> mackerel, but something else in your environment.)

    Mackerel is a very fatty fish and some of its relatives are oily
    enough to cause the runs. An example is escolar, which is
    actually banned from use in sushi in Japan but turns up in the
    US even if the government is not enthusiastic. It's delicious as
    I can vouch for but then I also experienced the standard
    physiological effects: never again!

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    E-mail, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Steve wrote on Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:11:17 +0000 (UTC):

    ??>> I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch
    ??>> but, herring and mackerel being close friends, I didn't
    ??>> dare <sigh>

    SP> Mackerel is more closely related to tuna than it is to
    SP> herring.

    SP> Hopefully your allergic reaction is a one-off thing that
    SP> will not return. (And possibly, it wasn't even the
    SP> mackerel, but something else in your environment.)

    Mackerel is a very fatty fish and some of its relatives are oily
    enough to cause the runs. An example is escolar, which is
    actually banned from use in sushi in Japan but turns up in the
    US even if the government is not enthusiastic. It's delicious as
    I can vouch for but then I also experienced the standard
    physiological effects: never again!

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    E-mail, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva wrote:
    >
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.


    No surprise. Homeopathic remedies are bogus.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

    http://www.quackwatch.org/01Quackery...ics/homeo.html

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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    Nathalie Chiva wrote:
    >
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.


    No surprise. Homeopathic remedies are bogus.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

    http://www.quackwatch.org/01Quackery...ics/homeo.html

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    James Silverton <not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not> wrote:

    >Mackerel is a very fatty fish and some of its relatives are oily
    >enough to cause the runs. An example is escolar, which is
    >actually banned from use in sushi in Japan but turns up in the
    >US even if the government is not enthusiastic. It's delicious as
    >I can vouch for but then I also experienced the standard
    >physiological effects: never again!


    I guess the name mackerel applies to quite a wide family
    of fish. The one I'm used to is the mackerel the Hawaiians
    call ono ( _acanthocybium solandri_ ), and it is not fatty.

    Steve

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    James Silverton <not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not> wrote:

    >Mackerel is a very fatty fish and some of its relatives are oily
    >enough to cause the runs. An example is escolar, which is
    >actually banned from use in sushi in Japan but turns up in the
    >US even if the government is not enthusiastic. It's delicious as
    >I can vouch for but then I also experienced the standard
    >physiological effects: never again!


    I guess the name mackerel applies to quite a wide family
    of fish. The one I'm used to is the mackerel the Hawaiians
    call ono ( _acanthocybium solandri_ ), and it is not fatty.

    Steve

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    Stan Horwitz Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>


    You might have reacted badly to an ingredient in the cream sauce. At any
    rate, call your doctor if the hives don't subside in a few hours. When I
    broke out in hives after taking an OTC cough medicine, the only thing
    that got rid of them was a week of taking a prescription medicine.

  19. #19
    Stan Horwitz Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    > oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    > One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    > because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    > no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    > the face and arms.
    > I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    > I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    > as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    > Any good advice?
    > I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    > and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>


    You might have reacted badly to an ingredient in the cream sauce. At any
    rate, call your doctor if the hives don't subside in a few hours. When I
    broke out in hives after taking an OTC cough medicine, the only thing
    that got rid of them was a week of taking a prescription medicine.

  20. #20
    Nathalie Chiva Guest

    Default Re: Mackerel allergy

    On Sat, 19 Apr 2008 19:47:16 -0400, Stan Horwitz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > Nathalie Chiva <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I ate some delicious mackerel yesterday evening (fresh, cooked in the
    >> oven with a mustard and cream sauce).
    >> One hour after I was starting to get hives. During the night I woke up
    >> because it was itching so much. No puffing, no respiratory problems,
    >> no tummy ache, just hives, all over the neck and decolletage, a bit on
    >> the face and arms.
    >> I've been taking some homeopathy (Urtica Urens) today, to no avail.
    >> I'll be trying some Benadryl (Benocten by its Swiss name, they sell it
    >> as a sleeping aid) tonight.
    >> Any good advice?
    >> I was going to have some pickled herring today for lunch but, herring
    >> and mackerel being close friends, I didn't dare <sigh>

    >
    >You might have reacted badly to an ingredient in the cream sauce. At any
    >rate, call your doctor if the hives don't subside in a few hours. When I
    >broke out in hives after taking an OTC cough medicine, the only thing
    >that got rid of them was a week of taking a prescription medicine.


    Thanks to all who replied. As it was my own cooking, there were no
    mystery ingredients in the cream sauce (cream, mustard, white wine,
    lemon, salt, pepper). I saw my doctor (the hives ahd progressed to my
    face, ugh), and after discussing all the possibilities, he thought
    (and I concur with him) it was probably not an allergy (after all, I
    eat fish, mackerel included, on a regular basis). He gave me
    prescription homeopathy (I know, not everybody believes in it, I do, I
    happen to have had good experience with it) and the hives are slowly
    subsiding. The skin is really very dry and sensitive now, it'll take
    many days to become normal again I fear :-(

    Nathalie in Switzerland


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