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Can't Say "No Allergies" Anymore

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that I have an allergy!  Turns out I'm allergic to Sulfa - which is in the Bactrim I've been taking to kill off the Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia (read about that here).

I noticed a few bumps on Saturday, but wasn't overly worried.  I was sore, mostly my back, but figured that was from a good and hard workout on Friday.  Then, Sunday, I woke up covered in red bumps on my arms and legs - eek!  They weren't itchy, thankfully.  The aches really kicked in and I was hobbling around the house slower than my 90 year old grandfather.  I ended up going to the local urgent care facility to see what was going on.

The doctor knew instantly that I was reacting to the Bactrim.  I had had no other changes in food, surroundings, etc.  I was told to stop with the medicine immediately...I had taken 41 of the 42 pills prescribed.  Kind of crazy that it took that long to show signs of an allergy :/  But, apparently, that isn't uncommon for this particular drug.

So, now I'm on Prednisone for 6 days!  And man, that is making me HUNGRY!! I can't stop eating...lol.  I took some Ibuprofen for the pain and the Prednisone and slept like a baby on Sunday night.  I woke up feeling like a champ on Monday, but knew I shouldn't push myself too much.  I skipped the gym and put up Christmas decoration :)

My bumps are going down - woohoo!  I'm hoping they will be gone soon so I don't have to go out in the 70+ degree weather in long sleeves...lol.  It's too hot for that!

I'm thankful I didn't have any respiratory issues with the allergic reaction - that's scary to think about!  Now, I just have to remember to say I'm allergic to Sulfa on all my medical forms!



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