I’m ‘allergic’ to running and almost died after rushing to catch a flight triggered severe reaction

A WOMAN who claims to be “allergic” to running says she “almost died” after rushing to catch a flight.

Divz Mangat broke out in hives as she raced through the airport with her sister Dee – and even needed to use an EpiPen to calm her reaction.

Divz Mangat claims she ‘almost died’ after running to catch a flightTiktokThe 27-year-old allegedly broke out in hives and needed to use an EpiPenTiktok

The 27-year-old had long suspected she had an issue with exercise after regularly being covered in red marks and feeling like her throat was going to close after physical activity.

But following her experience travelling from Canada to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic last month, she reckons her suspicions have been confirmed.

Divz told Newsweek: “For the past few months, every time I run or get stressed out, I’ve been breaking out in hives.

“I wasn’t sure if it was due to running or stress.

“But, that day, I realised it 100 percent has to be due to me running and being stressed out.”

Dee captured the moment her sister’s reaction kicked in and shared the clip of how Divz “almost died because of a delayed flight” on TikTok.

In it, she said: “The airport tried its best to get us [to our connecting flight] fast using this little cart but there were too many people in front of us and we were going like 5mph so we had to get off and start running to the gate.

“This is when things started to get really bad.

“Divz has been having severe allergic reactions but she doesn’t know what she’s allergic to.

“Once we got on the plane, she started breaking out into hives, and last time, her throat started closing.”

The camera then pans to a distressed-looking Divz, who appears to be covered in blotches.

Her sister explains that she popped a few antihistamine tablets hoping the symptoms would go away, but they didn’t.

“She ended up having to use her EpiPen,” Dee said.

Thankfully, Divz was fine, she just felt “a little drowsy”.

“But I think this confirmed our doubt that she’s allergic to running,” Dee added.

Divz has been to hospital and is waiting for an official diagnosis, but she believes she suffers from exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) – a rare condition causing a reaction following physical activity.

Mild symptoms include flushing of the skin, a rash or hives, swelling of the skin and lips, abdominal pain and nausea and vomiting.

In more serious cases, people may experience a dramatic fall in blood pressure, become weak and floppy, and lose consciousness, according to the charity Anaphylaxis UK.

Divz said: “The whole trip the girls were like, ‘Don’t run. Just walk where you have to go’.

“I’m very cautious of not making my heart beat really fast.

“I’m just trying to be very calm and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Divz thinks she is allergic to runningTiktokHer sister Dee documented the ordeal and posted it on TikTokTiktok

Can you be allergic to running?

IN short, yes. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) is a real thing.

It’s a rare, potentially-serious condition in which anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) occurs during or after physical activity.

Mild symptoms include: widespread flushing of the skin, a rash or hives, swelling of the skin, swelling of the lips, abdominal pain. nausea and vomiting.

In more serious cases, there may be a dramatic fall in blood pressure, the person may become weak and floppy, and they might collapse and fall unconscious.

Other signs include a swollen tongue, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, problems breathing, a persistent cough, and feeling faint or weak.

There are various types of EIA. These include:

Food-dependent (symptoms occur when a particular food is eaten before exercise)
Exposure to cold (the combination of cold weather and strenuous activity triggers symptoms)
Lipid-transfer protein dependent (when people sensitive to LTPs like vegetables, fruits, nuts or cereals exercise after eating)
Co-factor enhanced food allergy (the combination of a hidden food allergy and exercise – mostly commonly painkillers taken within a few hours of eating an allergen such as wheat)

EIA is treated using preloaded adrenaline auto-injectors – like EpiPens.

Source: Anaphylaxis UK