I’ve had weird allergy responses ever since high school. When stressed, or worn, or about to get sick – I’d break out in hives. I typically avoid scented detergents and soaps because I’m much more likely to develop a reaction if I’m using them (but not always) and I’m beyond loyal to my deodorant brand because any time I’ve tried another, I’ve regretted it. It’s odd but it’s not all the time odd so I’ve never really done anything about it.

On Friday evening, I went to the emergency room. The back of my throat was swelling and the antihistamines I usually use weren’t doing much of anything. This isn’t my first go round with bizarre angiodema (which is a fancy way of saying facial swelling) so I typically don’t worry too much. When my lip or eye or tongue start to swell, I take some Benadryl and Zantac (yup, the stomach stuff works great – especially for hives) and if that doesn’t do anything, I go to the doctor and they put me on a course of prednisone and stronger antihistamines. It clears up and I continue on my merry way. I’ve never had my throat swell though and throat swelling is scary (thankfully it never impacted my breathing).

Since it’s been happening more and more frequently and I can not find a common denominator (so far I’ve given up Reece’s Pieces, my favorite skin care line, a favorite skin care product, a certain essential oil, and a sunscreen in the hopes that I’ve found the culprit, but it just keeps happening), I’ll be meeting with an allergist in a few weeks (once the medicines clear out of my system) to figure out just what is going on with this crazy body of mine.

I’m really hoping I can start eating Reece’s Pieces again.

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