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Salsa and swollen lips?!?

I decided to be very domestic this year and make my own salsa. I used seasonings from a kit but also added a few extra jalapenos. In the end this salsa ended up being super spicy - my husband had to add sour cream to it, and he can usually handle spicier things than me. So last night he had a bowl of salsa and sour cream with taco chips. Luckily, I was being a very good girl and didn't have any. In the middle of the night, he woke me up to tell me that his lips were swollen. I, being a loving wife, told him to go back to sleep. So when we woke up this morning, his lips were HUGE! I've never seen anything like it. He wouldn't let me take a picture, probably scared I would post it on facebook.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Was it just from the peppers or was it an allergic reaction? I gave him some antihistimines before he left for work, I'm not sure if they're working or not, but I figured they couldn't hurt. And the really sucky part is that now I've got 7 pints of salsa that we're afraid to eat - maybe we should give it to people we don't like?

P.S. I know that the web is not the best place to get medical advice, but my husband will only go to the doctor if he thinks he's dying.

P.P.S. My husband's face this morning was probably the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life.


Sat. Sep 22, 10:56am

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OMG! Your poor husband! Must have been some really hot jalapenos. Being a lifelong texan, I can recall some similar results (though maybe not as dramatic). I'm sure the antihistimine can't hurt. Remind him to drink plenty of water. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 11:25 AM

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Well this is sort of odd, an allergic reaction to most foods happen pretty quickly, at least within an hour or two and usually almost right away. I have to wonder what was in the spice mix you used? Maybe something in there? Was it the first time you used a spice mix for your salsa? Hmm, I'm also wondering why you would even need a spice mix for salsa, why not just do the salsa yourself, its super easy fast and totally fresh ingredients.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 5:24 PM

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my guess is the spice mix as well- what was the exact make of it. I bet the ingredients were full of junk.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 6:41 PM

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The spice mix was Bernardin, I used it because up here where we live (totally in the boonies) our grocery story doesn't carry any fesh herbs! And the reaction could have happened pretty fast, he ate and then went to bed, and he did wake me up in the night telling me about it, but of course I just wanted to sleep! So this sounds like allergies to you? I'm thinking so, I talked to him and the swelling had gone down after he took antihistamines. Yes, this is the OP!

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 7:01 PM

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I made garlic bread one time with raw garlic and used too much and my neices lips got blistered.
I would think that the spices could do it.
You could try googling and see if you get anything.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 8:01 PM

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ALERGIC REACTION! Has anyone ever seen Hitch when his eye swole up like a balloon? Keep giving him antihistamines and try to apply a warm compress.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 10:07 PM

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Do not use warm compresses, bad idea. The heat will annoy it and might cause more swelling, use cold instead.

Sunday, September 23, 2007, 12:22 AM

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