I have been suffering for the last year with Urticaria on my hands, my left hand is far worse than my right. I have now identified most if not all the triggers for this and am having longer and longer periods symptom free.
Last night, however, I was cutting up some fish to make into fish cakes for my children and husband. I have been vegetarian for years and have not eaten fish myself for years and may have never cut a fish up in my life! As I was handling the fish my hands started to become itchy, like there were ants crawling all over them. Halfway through my youngest wanted me to do something so I stopped and washed my hands. I then went back to the fish and the itchiness started again but this time it was accompanied by a rising feeling in my body. It felt to me, as I have experienced it before, like my body going into an overproduction of histamine. Then my heart started to race. I immediately went to the sink and washed my hands, within seconds the heart racing had stopped, but I felt really faint. I must have looked awful because my oldest said to me 'Mummy are you ok?' I had a short sit down until I felt more 'normal' and then returned to the fish with rubber gloves on (my husband was not in to help).
I cannot believe that fish would create such an extreme reaction as that. It was really frightening and immensely powerful. My body was fighting something very hard, I am just so glad that I am in tune with my body and therefore knew what it was telling me and what I needed to do to stop it.