allergies, can you suddenly develop one??....

Lips - This is what my lips feel like....
@design (849)
Ireland
April 12, 2007 8:09pm CST
I been eating chillies for years, the hotter the better normally, about 3 weeks ago I was eating tortilla and a chili dip and my lips literally blew up like Mick Jagger's, they also looked like I had lipstick on for a whole week, so I left hot things out of my diet until tonight and I tried something mild and my mouth is still on fire hours later.... Could I have developed some form of allergy that is only effecting my lips and mouth???
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@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Wow, that sounds awful! I'm sorry that happened to you! I guess you can develop allergies suddenly because one of my friends recently developed an allergy to cats, and she's never been allergic to animals before. It's strange because it is the same cat that she used to be around all the time at her in-laws' house and it never bothered her before, then suddenly the last few times she has visited, the cat has really bothered her. I'm not sure what would cause something like that though, it's very strange!
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
13 Apr 07
YES! I have heard you can develop an allergy at any point in your life to something, even if it's something you have been around/ate before! I guess your body just reacts to different things differently as you age. I find it very strange though! Sorry about your lips!
• Ireland
13 Apr 07
Yes Design, you can suddenly develop an allergy to something you have been taking for years, and it usually affects the lips and mouth, sometimes you can also feel a tingling on your tongue or down your throat. I personally think that it is caused by pesticides and sprays more than anything. I wash EVERYTHING now before I chop or cook it. Not for germs but for anything that might have been sprayed on it.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Excellent point about the pesticides Pearlrose!
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• Canada
13 Apr 07
You can develop an allergy to anything at any time in your life . This does sound like an allergic reaction though which would be worse . I wouldn't take the chance in eating anything else like this again until you had it checked out as the next time you do , you don't know what might happen . My cousin ate lobster her entire life and then one day she ate one little bite and couldn't breathe , she was rushed to the hospital and found out that she had developed an allergy to lobster and the next time it could kill her . She went back home but her husband fished lobster and no one gave this any thought and then she swelled out really bad and stopped breathing again , when they rushed her back to the hospital it was to find out that the allergy was more severe and now she has to carry an epi pen with her in case she is in cotact with anyone who is around lobster because she is so severe now that if anyone touches a lobster and then touches something else , then it will kill her and her only hope is the epi pen . Another case was just the other day I had bought them hot rods that you eat . One of my older daughters has eaten these on different occasions and it has never bothered her at all . She only had one small bite and the next thing she knew her throat was closing over . I told her not to ever eat one again as it looks like she has developed an allergy and the next time she were to have one it could be worse . It scared her so bad that she said she never wanted to even consider trying one again . So allergies can be developed at anytime to anything we come in contact with . I would be careful about eating anything hot until I figured out exactly what I was taking the reaction too . Best of luck :)
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• United States
13 Apr 07
Allergies can occur at any time. I don't think anyone has ever really figured out why allergies suddenly occur, but it's rather strange when they do especially when an allergy develops over something you're used to eating/being around constantly. Go to your doctor and make sure it's really an allergy to that and not something else.
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@design (849)
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
I did visit my GP the other day and she can only guess it's an allergy but who knows, It may have been something else but unlikely.
• Canada
13 Apr 07
Yes allergies can be developed at any time over the years you will become sensitive to somethign that can be an allergie they soemtimes last for life or they start to go away as fast as they come sometimes it may take 7 yrs for it to run it cycle.
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@design (849)
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
7 years ??? holy s*it. I hope not.
• United States
13 Apr 07
Yes, I believe you can get an allergy suddenly. I've heard of people being exposed to things for years and having no problem when, all of a sudden, they develop an allergy to it. Also, I believe allergies can lessen over the years, too. I wonder, though, if there was something done to those chilies that you might be allergic to and not the chili itself. Maybe it has some kind of pesticide that you haven't been exposed to. Have you tried other chili dips than that one? Sometimes, I've found certain salsas that give me asthma and others that don't.
@design (849)
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
I'm hoping that it's some form of pesticide too, I haven't been brave enough to try other forms of chili dip yet, I will do next weekend if I last that long lol.
@mummymo (23707)
15 Apr 07
yes - this happened to my daughter! She loved tomatoes but after eating one one day she developed awful rash and blistering around her lips and mouth - she is now diagnosed with an allergy of tomatoes - not eating them - just them touching her skin! So it does sound as though you have either been burnt by the Chilies or have developed an allergy1
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13 Apr 07
It is possible to develop sudden allergies. Sometimes it might be due to a combination of things. I suddenly developed a sun rash in Spain years ago. It was so bad that we ended up staying in most of the day and going out when the sun was gone. It lasted several years where I kept having it back year after year while being in the sun too long. Its stopped as suddenly as it started though. Have been exposed to strong sun since but never had the rash again.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
13 Apr 07
I think you can, I have a friend that usually can eat eggs, but the last couple of months every time she does she gets really itchy.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Good morning Design, Although it may seem like we can develop an allergy seemingly overnight, in reality this is usually the result of a physiological shift over time. Often, our personal pH is the issue. If you've recently cut down on alkalines, then your body may be more succeptible to acids, or vice versa. The same thing happened to me a few years back. I used to love hot & spicy. No heat was too much heat. Then I changed my diet to restrict much of the alkalinity in my system. I stopped eating as many grains, and started eating more fruit/veggies. After doing so, I haven't been able to take the heat like I used to. On a different note: Capsacin is the substance in peppers that is responsible for the 'heat'. And, the amount of capsacin will vary from crop to crop, and from year to year depending on the growing conditions. For example: Hubby & I grow chile peppers every year in our garden. Some years the peppers are noticeably hotter than others. When the growing season is hot & dry the plants produce more capsacin in the fruit. So, the issue may just be the yield from certain growing years. Your reaction may also be due to the preparation of the chili's. The more flesh (meaning the white fleshy inside of the pepper) that is used, the more heat you will experience. You might try clearing out as much of the flesh and seed as possible before eating. This will definitely reduce the heat.
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@design (849)
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
Thanks Ladyluna, I haven't changed my diet a whole lot eating a bit more fruit and veg than normal, Don't really know anything about pH with in the body (or how it reacts from food sources other than citrus fruits, (the only pH I know about is with in my fish tank, lol), I just gonna leave spicy things out for a while and reintroduce them slowly over a few weeks, or try them from another part of the world even that way the likely hood of different countries using the same pesticides I presume are slim.
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@onabreak2 (1161)
• United States
2 Jun 07
Swollen Lips - Really Swollen Lips
My lips did that on my Th birthday. I was drinking margaritas. It did that again a few years later when drinking Margaritas again. I have been told it is from the salt. It usually doesn't do it unless I drink 3 of them though. My lips didn't burn though. I guess I turned real sick looking too because my Sister in law started staring at me and kept asking me if I was alright.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
20 May 07
Yes, that is what my doctor told me earlier in the month. I didn't have a swelling like you but developed a bad cough. It turns out that there are a number of irritants in my environement, and the combination of them all at once is causing me to have an allergic reaction of wheezing and tickling and coughing. There are so many things (pollen, pets, dust, mould, ash) attacking me at once that other things such as a strong smell or the exhaust from the laundry or hoover will set off a fit. They have put me on special prescriptions to stop the reaction and given me an inhaler and we are hoping once the dogs' winter coats are gone and the pollen settles and the house dries the allergies will go away and not reoccur, but the doctor thoughtt hat unlikely. They would just reduce and flare again when combinations occur in the environment. I guess none of these things alone would troubleme, I have just become hyprsensitive. Just walking through the washing powder line at the shop se me off. I'm not used to having these reactions and I don''t like it!
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