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Lib Dem Minister Jo Swinson Survives Allergy Scare

06/05/2013 15:00 BST | Updated 06/07/2013 10:12 BST
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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Women and equalities minister Jo Swinson listens to a speech during the opening day of the Liberal Democrat spring party conference on March 8, 2013 in Brighton, England. The conference opens in the wake of several scandals within the party, but also after a successful by-election campaign in the constituency of Eastleigh. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Equalities minister Jo Swinson has praised hospital staff after she needed treatment following an allergic reaction to a biscuit,.

The Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire was at a charity cake sale on Saturday when she unwittingly began eating a biscuit that contained nuts.

Her mouth began tingling and before long she went into anaphylaxis shock

Her mother drove her to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital where doctors injected her with own EpiPen, an emergency adrenaline injector, after she collapsed, struggling for breath.

"I had taken the precaution of writing out what had happened in case my throat swelled up so much I couldn't speak," she told The Scotsman newspaper.

Ms Swinson, 33, has suffered from a peanut allergy for 30 years but said this was the worst reaction.

"It's difficult to always know whether something contains nuts or not - and this time I got it wrong," she said.

"It was a very scary experience. Luckily, once you get the right treatment you recover very quickly from it - but the bottom line is that if you don't get help, you can die."

She later took to her Facebook page to praise the staff and urge allergy sufferers to always carry their EpiPen.