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Old 09-21-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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Well, I doubt the reaction was to the tylenol 3.

My back was hurting so bad I took one about an hour ago, no reaction.

I can't figure out what it was. I doubt it was an ant bite, because there was no problem right around the bite area. Perhaps it was the Raid?

Strange.....I don't want to attribute it to something it wasn't, the tylenol 3, because pain management has been a constant battle for me for years. Tylenol 3 is the only thing that really works. I realize its not for everyone, some people have a lot of trouble with it, but it does work for me. I'd hate to go off a drug that does more good than harm for a misconception.

Perhaps it was the Raid?

Whatever, I will discuss it with my doctor, and thanks to the poster who suggested calling the insurance nurse line, that's an excellent suggestion. I don't even know what type of doctor to go to for this, she could give advice.
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:36 AM
 
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Talk to the doctor ASAP - Ants are related to bees.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:22 AM
 
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the most bizzare thing happened today.

I was just sitting here at my computer, then felt an ant bite me. I looked down and saw about 5-6 black ants. We've had an ant problem, they come in with the rain. Well, I shooed them off and sprayed just a small amount of Raid, then continued on with my work ( and yes, we have an exterminator scheduled).

In just a few minutes, both hands started swelling. the palms turned pinkish. I thought perhaps the Raid got on my hands, so, I washed them thoroughly, then applied a cortisone cream. they seemed better. But within minutes, a felt a rash spread up my arms, over my torso, and face. It can best be described as a sunburn. My scalp itched intensly and my throat felt like I had swallowed something that wouldn't go down. also, my face felt swollen, lips swollen, like you do after dental work.

Ok, I figured this is an allergic reaction that's getting pretty intense. I was by myself, so, thought call 911. But first, I remembered I had some Benedryl left over from a cold. I took two capsules, also, took some extra prednisone ( I take prednisone routinely for RA). Then I waited, in about 5 min the symptoms abated.

My dh came home for lunch, he literally saw the rash dissapate in front of his eyes. We both thought at first to go to the ER, then rationalized if its getting better, what would they do, anyways? I remember reading Benedryl is the drug of choice in ER's for allergies, anyways.

I'm fine now, except for feeling a bit dizzy, probably due to the benedryl. Such an intense reaction, to what---Raid, the ant bite? I've used Raid before, and been bitten by ants before.

First thing I did was unlock all the doors, I figured if I needed EMS would be nice if they could get in! also, carried my phone with me around the house just in case. I later read the drugs of choice in ER's for allergic reactions are exactly what I did--benedryl and prednisone, so, I saved myself a lot of time.

I just wonder what on earth I was reacting to? I'm afraid it will happen again.

Do people suddenly get allergic attacks for no real reason? Can you somehow develop an allergy out of the clear blue? Oh, also, this morning I took 2 tylenol #3, that has codeine, but I've had that many times before with no reaction.

Yes you can develop an allergy out of the blue. It sounds like you had an anaphylactic reaction to either the ant bite or the raid. I'm more inclined to think it was something in the raid or it could be the codeine. You should make an appointment to see an allergist. You may need an epipen.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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Just thought of something----the tylenol #3 was from a new bottle just picked up from a new pharmacy, I never had trouble before with that drug

Because I get the generic, they oftentimes change the brand, so, perhaps its something new in the pill itself?

I'm just scared this can happen again and be much worse the next time, I will always carry Benedryl from now on.

You're going to need more than Benedryl. Its good that it worked for you this time but what you need is epinephrine.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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I didn't take tylenol 3 for a buzz, I have RA and a spine problem, its for pain.

the "chaser" of benedryl was to halt the allergic reaction I was having.

I like the idea of calling the insurance 800 number. We're new in town and I don't yet have a family physician. that's a good starting point.

Also, thanks for the tip about Windex! Will do!
I did not say you took the Tylenol 3 for a buzz. I said it will GIVE you a buzz. It's a narcotic and that's what narcotics do. They will also make your head fuzzy and you cannot think clearly when you are on Tylenol 3. Just be careful. People overdose unintentionally all of the time.

Trying to be helpful here. Not accuse you of abusing drugs.

You need to find an allergist. (Not a regular old family doc.) He/she can find out what you are allergic to. He can also talk to you about what happened and what you should do about it in the future.

If you had a reaction to the point that your throat was swelling shut you need to get thee to a specialist. And tell him you take Tylenol 3!
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:55 AM
 
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Talk to the doctor ASAP - Ants are related to bees.

Thanks, I will as soon as I get a doctor, I'm in a new town.

I didn't know ants are related to bees!

The whole thing happened so fast, about 5 minutes for symptoms to reach their maximum---first, my hands, then, up one arm, then, all over my torso, scalp, face, then, my throat! I opened the benedryl capsules in some water and drank it to get it into my system faster, guess that did the trick!. I was going to call 911 then found the benedryl and took it, I felt immediately better, also, took some prednsione, by the time dh got home the symptoms were almost gone!When I say immediately, perhaps, about 1-2 min. I opened the benedryl capsules in some water and drank it to get it into my system faster, guess that did the trick!.

the worst part was my throat swelling, although I could breathe, I couldn't hadely swallow, fortunately, the pills I took were small, but I could barely get them down.

Does that sound like a bee reaction? I mean, that quickly?
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