I think we all would agree that food allergies seem to have gotten more common over the years. Personally I'm allergic to artificial colors in stuff like koolaid. It took a summer of hives and tests to figure that one out. Lesson to be learned: Don't eat only jello for a week after getting your wisdom teeth out.
But yesterday Dan had an allergic reaction that I'd never seen. He had eaten some watermelon (which he had had several times in the last few days) and all of a sudden his eyes swelled up. He looked like the Elephant Man. He said he used to have reactions like that when he was little to hayfever, but this was unusual. He took so much antihistamine (I think four different kinds) and still the swelling wouldn't go down. The bridge of his nose had swallowed up his eyes and he had such big bags under them that it looked like he was storing walnuts for the winter like a squirrel. We tried ice and that didn't work.
We figured that today after a good night's sleep it would be better but he woke up and it looked the same. So another round of every antihistamine we have in the house and the swelling is going down. However he still looks like he is carrying walnuts under his eyes. If that doesn't go down, I think he'll head to the doctor tomorrow for some steroids.
I've never seen anything like this and I hope to never see it again. Has anyone else seen this happen from watermelon?