I bought a basted turkey roll which we'd never never had before, and cooked it in the foil according to the manufacturers instructions. Near the end of the cooking time, I checked it and got some of the baste on my fingers. I gave my finger a lick after I put the turkey back in the oven. Within 10 - 15 minutes I had two hives on my right foot. I thought something must have bitten me. It wasn't until I started to eat the meal (I didn't even get all the way through it) that I realised they weren't bites. Within 15 minutes I had hives all over my body, my temperature was raised and I was very itchy.

I took Claratyne. The hives didn't get worse but they didn't go away. I saw the doctor the next day. He prescribed cortisone cream. I slathered my body with it every day but it took over a week for the hives to go away. At the time, I looked at the ingredients list on the turkey packaging but there were so many numbers and long words that I thought the culprit could have been anything. - by email