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Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 10:17am
I recently got over-exposed to toxins - petrol, chlorine & hardware store fumes/smells, as well as badly bitten by midgies/tiny sandflies...Ended up with 4-5 really hard itchy hives/weals on ankles & legs...They were still very itchy 3 days later, but in the past I have been way worse, where twice, my leg/arm swelled up so much I couldn't walk or work for a few days...Even today nearly 5 days later, one bite is still really sore (I think after I scratched it too much in my sleep) ??)

Not sure if any connection, but I did have foods apparently all high in histamines over the weekend, as I've never thought to limit that...I have also been eating chili quite often too lately & ate mince with chili again on Friday night... I then had pumpkin & organic (tho' corn fed) chicken on Saturday & lots of hot cocoa both days & also indulged in some chocolate,?! I notice pumpkin is high in histamines as well & is not even on the Explorer or Gatherer lists - don't know what made me think it was ok??!!:-/

On Saturday I had such an incredibly hard/bloated tummy & my ears were ringing, plus my chest felt weird as I tried to sleep?! I woke up on Sunday with a scratchy sore throat, slightly upset tummy & flu like symptoms...(no nasal problems & I dosed up so that did not develop) but felt dazed & nervy & flu like, & everything smelt terrible to me on Sunday...I also had a silent migraine episode, but thankfully lying down got rid of that...Even Monday morning, I still had a sore throat, felt nauseated walking past meat cooking at a takeaway place & have had little appetite...& today I can also smell things super intensely which is really weird::)

Someone suggested an allergy to histamine & if so, I guess all the toxin exposure + bites (plus the various foods which were all high) would not have helped a build up & over reaction to histamines?! I had never thought about being sensitive to histamine, but I guess my initial reactions to midgie bites 10 yrs ago perhaps mean I am?

Again, not sure if it is related, but on the over sensitive nose aspect - I have used my slow cooker for years & never noticed what I did tonight - as it was heating I could smell chemical plastic smells (the "metal" outer must be part plastic or something) I also picked up a Broadband kit tonight to install & the modem etc reeks of plastic fumes :o Seems I am getting even more sensitive to smells but not sure how this can happen :-/

Anyone have any thoughts please?
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 10:55am; Reply: 1
Actually re the chlorine exposure - I just read this - main health hazards associated with breathing in chlorine...

Chlorine is a severe nose, throat and upper respiratory tract irritant. People exposed to chlorine, even for short periods of time, can develop irritation of the nose, a weak cough, and increased dryness of & mild sore throat, tightness in the chest...even at low ppm...Just as I have experienced since breathing it in... :o › ... › Chemicals & Materials › Chemical Profiles › Chlorine
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:51pm; Reply: 2
I used some bleach water to clean something last week, and I didn't wear gloves.  I couldn't sleep that night because of the chlorine smell coming off of my hands!
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 8:38pm; Reply: 3
Chlorine is nasty for all.  Maybe Nonnies have a worse time with it, but it treats me nasty with just a tiny exposure.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 10:25pm; Reply: 4
Thanks guys!! I have become even more convinced that chlorine was the "killer" along with the other fumes...??) :-/ I think they affect me more than foods... Of course when I am already affected by environmental factors, wrong food has more of an impact to be sure (but not a lot was actually "wrong foods" per se ::)
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