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Saturday evening I went to a Chinese restaurant for the first

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Saturday evening I went to a Chinese restaurant for the first time in years (had been on a MAOI...have been off the EMSAM patch now for 2 months). I took a walk with my dog when I got back, and about 30 mins later I started feeling itchy all over my body (still am).

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

This is likely allergic reaction to the food.

mysticdoc :

Benadryl can be used at higher dosage like 50 mg every 8 hours to stop itching.

mysticdoc :

Also calamine lotion can be used to soothe the itchy areas.

mysticdoc :

An allergy testing is recommended to identify the incriminating agents.

Customer:

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX on taking more (and more than the 1/2 I took) tonight.

mysticdoc :

yes that will be helpful.

Customer:

Usually with allergy testing you check in with your primary care dr first right?

Customer:

and they can direct you to the right place

mysticdoc :

yes --your doc may refer to an allergy specialist.

mysticdoc :

A liver function test should be checked by blood test.

mysticdoc :

Sometimes, liver disease can cause itching as well.

Customer:

speaking of that...took a dip stick test (i've had frequent utis) and noticed that something called urobilinagen is high, never has been before

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

now that can be sometimes false result.

mysticdoc :

Still given your symptoms, I will suggest the blood test to check out your liver function.

mysticdoc :

Gall stones can sometimes cause obstructive liver disease and itching.

Customer:

k i appreciate it..and there's no predictable timeline for when the itch will go away right? (gallbladder has been removed)

Customer:

thanks for your suggestions info and recommendations.

Customer:

i hope you have a good evening

mysticdoc :

usually within 48 hours the itching should subside.

mysticdoc :

Very welcome

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

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