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Tbt – Anaphylaxis: Back to the Basics

Today’s “Tbt” brings us back to that initial allergic reaction to yogurt. Looking back at that Saturday evening and the months that followed, the term anaphylaxis overwhelmed me to the point of being in denial about it.  When I spoke about TJ eating that first taste of yogurt, I would say that it was a severe allergic reaction.   However, because he did not stop breathing, the words anaphylactic reaction never left my mouth.  It wasn’t until TJ turned 1 that I started to admit to others, to myself, that his reaction was indeed an anaphylactic reaction.   However, because we did everything that we were suppose to do with calling 911 and going in an ambulance to the hospital, TJ received medical attention before anything even more serious occurred.

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THE BASICS: An anaphylactic reaction usually involves more than one part of the body.   This may include the heart, gut, brain, mouth, eyes, skin, and lungs. Looking back at that evening, it is important to mention that TJ did have several early signs of anaphylaxis within seconds of having that infamous spoonful of yogurt. His symptoms included:

  1. fussiness within seconds/reaching and scratching at his face and mouth
  2. red rash and hives all over his body
  3. swelling of his lips and tongue
  4. TJ cried a lot and then was zoning out.   I must admit that in those minutes that felt like hours, I was most scared.   Getting into the ambulance, he started to cry because he did not see me.   This was a great sign because it meant he was breathing.


Here is an excellent resource about anaphylaxis.


Source: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/

I am recapping this event because I want people to understand that a serious allergic reaction does not always mean the individual has stopped breathing.   Instead, there are several other symptoms that do categorize it as anaphylaxis.

Because we know that God is forever by our sides, like that snowy December evening, we smile on helping to educate others too…

Does My Dog Have Allergies Too?

At my son’s 18 month appointment with his pediatrician, we were relieved to learn that he was gaining, growing, and developing wonderfully despite his food allergies, diet limitations and the fact that he is still barely eating when he is at day care.   During this visit, he had two shots and barely cried.  (He is braver than me who passes out with shots or blood work sometimes. Ha!)

Then, the weekend came and so did some crazy symptoms yet again.   Waking up on Friday evening screaming, shaking, and sweating with a fever of 104, we were told this was probably a reaction to one of the shots and would pass soon.   Otherwise, he looked great. There were no signs of sickness or infection. Then, this lead to another weekend of barely eating and another eczema flare-up. This is stressful and frustrating because I wish I could do more to take this all away.

To add to this, my husband came in from doing yard work with a skin irritation.   Hives or a rash of some kind are common after an hour or two outside mowing or raking.   Usually, a shower helps these to fade.

I have three guys in my life though; the third being my 3.5 year old yellow Labrador, Bailey.

bailsEvery Autumn and Spring he begins to chew away at his paws often making them raw.  Due to the timing of this, veterinarians have told us that he suffers from seasonal atopy because of pollen and ragweed allergies.  He experiences this mostly in the Fall though.

Check out more about dogs and allergies:

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Source: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/dog-supplies/pr/c/3307

While in our case our furry guy has seasonal allergies, it is also important to mention that dogs can also have food allergies or an intolerance.

Here are some related links about this topic:

Food Allergies & Food Intolerance

Source: http://www.peteducation.com/

Most Common Food Allergies in Dogs

Source: https://www.cesarsway.com/

How can you help your dog when he or she is experiencing allergies:


Source: www.cnn.com

Vet Advice: Relief for Your Dog’s Itchy Skin

Source: http://thebark.com/

Allergies & Dogs

Source: http://www.webmd.com/

Hoping my three special guys have some relief soon, we smile on and wish everyone a great week.