I got a very severe allergy attack yesterday around 10:30PM, where my throat and eyes were swollen and it was difficult to breathe. I called an ambulance and went to a nearby Emergency Room in Taipei where I was given epinephrine after an hour (I know, it took too long for them to find it). They injected the epinephrine directly into my arm muscle which hurt incredibly for an hour but I felt much better afterwards. Aren’t they supposed to do it in my thigh?
I need help trying to figure out what caused the allergy. I have been a vegetarian all my life and never had any food allergies. Here’s the timeline:
6PM: Ate a little bit of food at my workplace. Rice and green veggies.
9:30PM: Ate a veggie pasta that I ordered from TGI Fridays.
10PM: Allergies begin with my eyes becoming ref and itchy. But I think it might be the season and put some artificial tear drops and try to rest.
10:30PM: Can’t breathe now and throat feels weird, decide to call for an ambulance.
I am a little confused since I didn’t try any new dish yesterday. My best guess so far is that the TGIF food was probably cross contaminated with seafood, or maybe prepared in the same pots and pans. Their menu seems to have a lot of seafood. But as I said, I’ve never had meat and seafood before, so I can’t be sure if that’s the cause.
I do have some remaining pasta from TGIF which I could send for analysis, but not sure if that’s a good next step.
What are the best steps I can take to find the root cause of the allergy?
How can I be better prepared for this in the future? Google mentioned Epipens but they seem hard to get here.