Cars break down. Infrastructure dilapidates. At times human bodies too need a little help... As a travel blogger and foodie, I sometimes don't know where I will end up. It can be an elite restaurant dining on fine food or picking your fish from the fence and enjoying it by the side of the road.

On my way home one evening, I recently stopped at a popular chicken fast-food outlet. Being a hot local option (and international brand) I have eaten many times before, I did not think twice about ordering the new crispy and crunchy burger. I was looking forward to trying the spicy food out for the first time.

Within few hours of getting home, I had a terrible food allergic reaction. I was itchy and had applied almost every lotion I could find in the house. After over ten creams and ointments and getting no relief, I took a bath just after midnight to  try stop the discomfort. 

I consulted a pharmacist the next day and a week later, I was at a hospital casualty getting a drip at night. I spent three weeks recovering at home; pretty much sleeping all the time. I was covered with eczema all over my body, vomited out even water, trying to manage diarrhea, dizzy from all the medication and in great pain. The new R20 (about $1.25 USD) chicken burger from a popular chicken outlet did not even have a single ingredient written on the wrapper (so I still have no idea what it is that I was so allergic to). 

This ordeal made me realize just how important it is to consider taking allergy medication along with you to your next vacation and/or trip. Having allergy medication in the form of creams (non-prescription for itches) as well as doctor’s prescription pills and/or syrup for allergies. Having this handy can really make all the difference. 

Do however be warned that in some cases, the side effects can be drowsiness and impaired concentration as well as hallucinating. I have also deliberately opted not to add my particular prescription medication as that should be something that you discuss with your pharmacist and/or doctor. 

Do you also have allergies or have an uncommon lifesaving essential? Please leave a comment below.

Phindiwe Nkosi in a Pretoria hospital's casualty at night following a food allergy. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiPhindiwe Nkosi in a Pretoria hospital's casualty at night following a food allergy. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

At a hospital in Pretoria to treat a food allergy. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiAt a hospital in Pretoria to treat a food allergy. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

 

 

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