First allergic reaction

‘How did you find out about your nut allergy?’

This is the most frequently asked question I get asked, ‘How did you find out about your nut allergy?’ I’m hoping this post is going to answer all your curious questions about my allergy. I was actually only five years of age when I had my first allergic reaction. It's funny writing about this incident now because I remember it so vividly all these years later.

My first ever-allergic reaction happened when I was coming home from primary school at the end of the school day. As I got into my parent's car to go home, my mum gave me a chocolate bar from my grandma as a treat and without any hesitation, I took a massive bite. I remember my first reaction to eating the chocolate bar was to start spitting it out all over the back seat of the car, at first my mother reacted angrily to me spitting chocolate everywhere. However, it soon became apparent that I was having a severe allergic reaction.

Within 5 minutes of eating the chocolate bar, I had come out with hundreds of hives covering my face and torso. This is when my parents realised something was seriously wrong and phoned the doctors, but with no appointments available they advised me to go straight to the emergency doctors nearby who would see me straight away. On diagnosis, he said I was having an allergic reaction and needed to go to the pharmacy below the clinic to collect a prescription for an anti-histamine tablet. If the rash didn’t improve rapidly I would have to go to the A& E department. Thankfully it improved and my parents made another appointment at the hospital to get me fully checked out.

I didn't know it at the time but having a severe nut allergy was going to affect me for the rest of my life. It might sound dramatic to others reading this post but living with a severe food allergy I have to constantly be alert as to what I’m eating as well as others around me, all it takes is someone to eat a peanut next to me for an allergic reaction to occur.

I’ve lost count of how many times this story has been told to strangers and friends, hopefully, it will give you a good introduction to what the rest of the blog will be about. I have started this blog with the intention to raise awareness and share my experiences both good and bad, hopefully, some readers will be able to relate to my experience and hopefully learn a few things along the way.


Daniel Kelly