I randomly have the sensation of my neck/throat area being swollen or tightening up and have difficulty swallowing and occasionally, breathing.
I believe it is allergy related as it comes randomly. After 5 years, I've noticed patterns. It seems to happen when I come into contact with certain allergens - i.e. dust/debris from construction, smoggy summer days, incense, cigarette odor from an item/person and certain perfumes. These allergens do not cause additional symptoms other than the annoying, awful swelling of the throat. It makes my jugular arteries surface and my neck begins to palpitate, which looks really freaky and it is very uncomfortable. I have no other symptoms that accompany it.
Initially, when these symptoms started, I was treated for strep throat and on many different antibiotics by 3 doctors. My last doctor sent me to an allergy specialist/immunologist and it turned out I'm pretty much allergic to every environmental substances (which usually cause the typical sneezing, watery/itchy eyes, runny nose).
I've tried taking Clariton, Allegra, Reactine but they do not work for the throat swelling. I also tried Cortisone inhalers and nasal sprays and had no luck. I'm sick of going to the doctors and having them look at me like I'm crazy or just giving me more antibiotics.
The last few years I've been able to tolerate but it is getting much worse now and breathing is starting to become difficult (They are doing construction at my workplace) and I can not take Benadryl because I work in a place where I may put others in danger if i am drowsy. I'm not even sure if is really some kind of allergy or maybe it's coincidental?
I just want to know what this may potentially be and maybe a direction for what kind of specialist to even consider.
Thanks for writing to the forum!
Yes, dust can cause symptoms that you describe. You must consult a chest and respiratory disease specialist for this. You also have asthma like symptoms which should be tackled. There are many types of masks available in the market which you can wear over your nose and mouth when you are at home so that you do not inhale the dust. Alternatively you can also consult an allergy specialist for this.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Besides your environmental allergies do you have symptoms such as feeling cold,cough,diarhea,dizziness,fainting,fever,indigestion,itching,nausea,insomnia,numbness,chronic pain,paralysis,rash,sweating,swelling,urination problems,vomiting................
my throat feels tight when eating but otherwise it feels ok. i also don t feel ill.. but yesterday i felt very nauseous and made myself throw up. after 15 mins and some crackers it was fine again. i have no idea what this is. the throat still hurts especially in the morning... i am a bit worried. I just got back from a transatlantic flight, could i have picked something up on the trip, i am also not used to aircondition, which is everywhere at the moment.
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