Bethenny Frankel survived a near-fatal allergic reaction late last year after eating soup that she didn't know contained traces of fish — she fell unconscious and ultimately landed in the ER and the ICU. Since, she's encountered other dangers and some scary lingering symptoms — not to mention her share of haters — related to her serious food allergies. And now The Real Housewives of New York City pal is taking another step toward what she hopes can help minimize her risk exposure as she navigates life with food allergies.
Bethenny took to her Instagram Stories to share intimate video from inside the exam room at her food allergist's office. She talked her fans and followers through the tests she was undergoing in real time — and it's not for the faint of heart.
For those unfamiliar with the process, food allergy testing is done with prick tests, injecting traces of various allergens into the patient's body, and later observing the results of each mark.
Showing her arms being pricked as she narrated from behind the camera, Bethenny said, "At the allergist. They take all these things and all these prickers: It’s fish, shellfish, buckwheat, wheat, dairy, eggs, and nuts. And look — the fish is raging," she noted. That should come as no surprise, since Bethenny's near-death experience was triggered by that particular allergy.
"Isn’t that fascinating?" she mused, while noting the severe itchiness and inflammation of the fish allergy injection site. "They’re giving you the allergens to see how you react and the really puffy ones are the worst ones. It’s fascinating science."
Fascinating — and potentially life saving, too.
Check out Bethenny's exam and results:
Bravo’s Style & Living is your window to the fabulous lifestyles of Bravolebrities. Be the first to know about all the best fashion and beauty looks, the breathtaking homes Bravo stars live in, everything they’re eating and drinking, and so much more. Sign up to become a Bravo Insider and get exclusive extras.