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I am wondering how anyone else with really bad reactions is treated in case of gluten exposure.  I was on vacation with my family and got a "gluten free" sandwich but the deli meat was not gluten free even though we asked.  I was then vomiting for 2 1/2 hours, became delirious, had severe pain, dehydrated, asthma attack (I have asthma) and went into shock.  I needed to be taken to the hospital by ambulance where I was then treated with nausea med, pain med and a large dose of steroid.  The doctor there then told me to take 10 mg of prednisone per day for a week (I take 5 mg daily for adrenal insufficiency as it is).  This is the second very serious reaction I have had but I think the steroid has made a big difference for me in that last time I was in the hospital for a week - this time I went home the next morning.  I am still not feeling great but at least stable.

 

Long story short I have learned to never eat out, even on vacation.  My question is: what has worked for other people who have severe reactions?  What have you been treated with?

 

Thanks,

beachbel

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I have severe GI reactions to gluten hits but do not go to the hospital.  I do not have asthma and I think that is why you ended up there and needed prednisone. That's a game changer.  I just treat dehydration with Pedialyte, which is for kids but works well for adults also.  It will re-balance electrolytes.  I find that once the offending food is out of your system from vomiting and diarrhea, things stabilize for me.  I have been gluten-free for a long time so I recover faster these days on the rare occasion that I do take a hit.  That's rare, though.....the longer you do this the better you get at avoiding it.

 

Hope you feel better soon!

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Yes, I started getting episodes of small bowel intussusception (which is a life threatening emergency) the last time I had it was after going gluten free for 6 weeks and then going out to dinner with friends to a Vietnamese and deciding I didn't want to be "one of those people", so I shared the same food as everyone else, and within 45 minutes I was projectile vomiting was in agonising pain and was rushed to hospital with intussusception again. I have never eaten gluten again (4 years) and never had intussusception since that night. 

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My daughter has been hospitalized for dehydration for glutenings.  She has Eosinphilic Esophagitis too.

 

Really it is a trip to the urgent care and getting anti nausea drugs quickly.  Usually a shot as she can't keep any fluids down.  If we miss that window of time she has needed an I.V. for about 3 to 4 days.  The recent release of the anti nausea drug wused for chemo patients has helped a lot.

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