Anaphylaxis: Vigorous Sex Can Kill This Woman Because of Allergy

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Katy VanNostrand, a nurse, is extremely allergic to doing heavy physical activity. She can actually get killed while having sex or simply going for a run. She was diagnosed with exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

Woman Allergic to Exercise

VanNostrand is an extreme reactions after strenuous physical activities. Allergic reaction involved suffering anaphylactic shock. During allergic attacks, she should be immediately taken to the hospital for epinephrine medication. Her vitals will be monitored afterwards and will also receive life-saving antihistamine treatmentThe Sun reported that doctors were initially baffled and had difficulties finding the cause of such condition.

VanNostrand had her first reaction when she was taking religious studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. The first reaction took place when she was out running with her friend. She stated that her face, lips and eyes were all swelling. She added that her body was covered in deep red hives.

“I was running and suddenly I started to feel really terrible. We stopped and I thought I must be really dehydrated or something,” she stated. “I pulled up my shirt and my friend looked at me and said ‘Oh my gosh.'”

During the first incident, she was taken to a local hospital, where she was informed that she’s having an anaphylactic reaction. She was told that a number of things could have caused it. “Something I ate or maybe my washing powder,” she said.

The reactions started taking place frequently after the first incident. In a year, she would have around 15 to 20 reactions. She said that between the age of 22 to 28, she had consulted several doctors who had no idea what it was.

VanNostrand Diagnosed With Anaphylaxis

She then moved to Colorado with her husband John. VanNostrand had a reaction again while running on a treadmill. After she visited a doctor, she was advised to see a new allergist, reported Mirror UK. She was skeptical in the beginning. But after seeing the new allergist, she was informed that she had exercise-induced anaphylaxis, which is an extremely rare condition.

VanNostrand stated that she is absolutely fond of exercise. She added that even going for a brisk walk with her dog, a long run or even “vigorous sex” can cause such reactions. But despite her condition, VanNostand decided not to stop her usual exercise which she believes makes her healthier.

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