On Food Allergies
Feel free to email me (mer at failedrelationships.com) and I'll get back to you if I have answers.
I have food allergies. I've had them ever since I was a kid. When I was 4, or 6, or something in that range, my mom put me on a really restricted diet to try to deal with the allergies and some other health issues. The short version: no sugar, no white flour, no peanut butter, no artificial coloring of any kind, no chocolate, no fish, no shellfish, no dairy. It was hellacious.
Like most children, I grew out of my food allergies. By age 10, the incidence of food allergies in children drops to that of the adult population. That's the main way that food allergies differ from environmental allergies: most food allergies are outgrown. Yes, you can even outgrow a nut allergy.
Some other allergy-related questions and answers:
Have you ever had an allergic crisis? Yes.
Have you ever had anaphylaxis? Yes.
Is that the same as going into anaphylactic shock? No. It's confusing, right? The term 'anaphylaxis' can be used to refer to both a range of allergic symptoms OR to anaphylactic shock, the extremely rare and sometimes fatal reaction. When someone says "I had an anaphylactic episode" or "I got anaphylaxis from eating a peanut butter sandwich," they may not mean what you think they mean.
Have you used an Epi-pen? Yes.
Was it prescribed to you? No.
Have you had to seek emergency medical treatment because you had an allergy attack that got so bad you had trouble breathing? Yes.
What happened? I got an adrenaline shot, and it was awesome. My breathing improved immediately. Quelle relief. It was scary, and I suppose I "could have" died, but can't we say that about any crisis?
What else are you allergic to, besides certain foods? Too much stuff to mention. Animals, plants, food, drugs, certain kinds of alcohol, mold. The smell of urban street vendors roasting chestnuts makes me nauseous, but that's merely an aversion, not an allergy.
Do these allergies make you a huge pain in the ass to have dinner with? No, but my charming personality does.
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