Friday Five: Ah-Choo! Edition

Mary Beth, our host for today's Friday Five over at RevGals, is allergic to ligustrum. She writes:

Ligustrum is a type of privet hedge and it is very invasive. VERY. It's a spready green bush with leaves of various sizes and tiny white flowers of a head-piercing sweetness.

So, thinking about allergies:

1. Do you experience any seasonal allergies? Are you allergic to anything else? I am allergic to mold, dust, and ragweed, although over the years my seasonal allergy to ragweed has diminished a bit. In the same general family as ragweed I am also allergic to chamomile and echinacea. I can have an occasional cup of chamomile tea, but not every night. I also have issues with vitamin C (canker sores) and all acidic fruits like pineapple, some melons, oranges, etc. I get my vitamin C from veggies, I don't even take a multiple vitamin because they all contain too much vitamin C. Oh, and walnuts also cause canker sores....

2. What kinds of symptoms do you experience during your allergic reactions? Regarding pineapple, citrus, and walnuts:mouth sores and an upset stomach. The other allergies cause breathing issues and congestion, watery eyes, itchy throat. And once, while taking echinacea, I had a terrible allergic reaction and broke out in massive hives that lasted a week and required daily doses of progesterone and benadryl.

3. How do you manage your allergies? (ie: medication, avoidance, alternative therapies, etc) I take a generic version of Zyrtec, and sometimes a small dose of benadryl at bedtime.

4. What is the strangest allergy you've ever heard of? I think I have some peculiar allergies...

5. How do you feel about school and social policies that banning peanuts and other allergens? If, as a parent, my children had had bad allergies to peanuts or some other food, I would have appreciated assistance from others. Mostly, if I am responsible for another parent's child with these allergies I worry about unintentional exposure because I eat peanuts and peanut butter. I'd be very careful. So, I guess I would be ok with the ban.


I forgot about the melons, though I love them and eat them anyway. Also self discovered. Not too severe, mostly itchy throught and a little sneezy.
Zyrtec is the only thing that allows me to visit friends with cats for longer than 45 min. I can actually stay for dinner!
altar ego said…
I'm so sorry that you are allergic to those fruits!

I am reminded of a time when I made cookies for a dorm meeting when I was in college. Chocolate chip, but I substituted half of the shortening with peanut butter. It didn't occur to me to say anything about this until someone took one bite and instantly her throat swelled. She asked about peanuts, I said yes, and she cried, "Oh My God!" and ran to the infirmary. She was there for three days. I try to ask if there are things people can't eat when I prepare food, as a courtesy and my own sensitivity to being responsible for someone's well-being!
Sharon said…
I liked your comments about banning peanuts (etc) in school. I'm curious about how that works.
Mary Beth said…
you know, I hate that you have the mouth sores like that, but it's helped me identify why I suddenly am, too: strawberries. I've been eating them like a fool ("free" on Weight Watchers, and all), and I almost can't stand to be conscious right now! Ugh. So, no more of THAT for a while.

So, thanks...and I won't give you any strawberries when I see you next! Thanks for playing.
Jan said…
It's sad that you have so many allergies, but awareness helps. Yucky mouth problems--so sorry. At least, you know what to do.
Beth said…
Watermelon is my strangest allergy....don't know if it applies to other melons because I don't like them. Glad you have Zyrtec to help!
Crimson Rambler said…
aha, walnuts too eh! I don't, quite, have canker sores from them.

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