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To be honest, I'm not 100% sure. And these days, people can be allergic to so many things, that it's almost impossible to find out without incredibly extensive testing!

But in my twenties, I noticed that I started to have sneezing fits in the summer, which I naturally thought was probably hayfever. But it's not. I don't find that a high pollen count affects me much - my allergy is to things like dust and animal fur; and probably other things I don't know about!

Ever since my early twenties, I've taken antihistamines for what the doctor told me is "non-specific rhinitis". Which basically means that my nose gets inflamed by... well, stuff. Non-specific stuff.

I've tried leaving the tablets off periodically - I used to be able to stop taking them in the winter months, but I can't do that any more, so I'm on them all year around. And even then, there are times I still have the most horrendous sneezing fits. Seriously, they're scary, and really tiring. And if they happen when I'm driving - not nice.

I suspect that it's been a contributary factor towards the late-onset asthma. I was reading up on it a while back, and apparently, people who have the sort of allergy I have are several times more likely to develop asthma in adulthood than people without them.

I've had the odd food allergy as well, but they seem to come and go. Bananas can upset my stomach, as can avocados - which is annoying, because I like both of them!

Other than that... I think I'm allergic to year 9s.

Date: 2011-12-05 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Getting out of bed in the morning makes me feel crap. Unless I'm meeting people I like, including but not exclusively, Bradley Whitford, most of my LJ chums, most of my FB chums, most of my family, Martin Sheen...

Date: 2011-12-05 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Getting up is a horrible business, it's true. I'm also allregic to stupidity, especially the willful sort.

Date: 2011-12-05 10:53 pm (UTC)
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It's very annoying being allergic to non-specific things. Or rather, specific things that are too hard to avoid. My asthmas was really bad when I was about 14 (ha, I was a year 9 then!) and they did the scratch test thing and I was slightly allergic to everything and not really to anything. So pretty useless.

Now my coworker is the sneezy one and she got tested recently and it turned out to be the cat. Well, that wasn't the answer she wanted as she loves their cat. But she found she feels better knowing. So she keeps sneezing (and taking the pills) and no longer stresses about it.

Do you guys have cats?

Date: 2011-12-05 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We've got 2 cats, which I'm sure are a contributory factor, but I'd rather take the pills than get rid of the cats!

The thing is, I grew up having pets in the house. For as long as I can remember, we had a cat and a dog, and it wasn't until I went away to University that I was away from domestic animals. I wonder if I was sort of "desensitised" as a result of having pets, so the allergies didn't come out until I'd been away from them or something like that.

You're right on the non-specific thing - it's not that it's not specific, it's just likely to be someting completely unavoidable. I know that dust aggravates it, and that if I'm doing my tapestry or knitting, I have to make sure I've had my tablets, and perhaps use an inihaler as well because of all the little bits of fluff that fly into the air from the wool.

Fortunately, I don't have any life-threatening allergies. And I'm not like my poor Mum, who is allergic to sunlight.

Date: 2011-12-05 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, you might well have been desensitised being away from them. We always had pets too, I don't think I've noticed anything visiting mum and the cat but I could be luckier. And I agree, I mean, it's annoying having the food intolerances I have but I can stay away from gluten pretty easily and if I mess up, at least it won't kill me ded on the spot.

Your poor mum! Sunlight! Is it something to do with vitamin D? Good thing she doesn't live here but how does she manage?

Date: 2011-12-06 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My mum has Chronic Actinic Dermatitis. Nobody seems to know what caused it. She can't go out in direct sunlight - even at this time of year, and when it's cloudy, she still has to be careful, because the light can still affect her. She manages because she has to - and because she's buggered if she's going to let this thing rule her life, but it's very hard for her. She can't come to the beach with the kids, or sit in the garden with them, or come on holiday with us.

Date: 2011-12-06 12:26 am (UTC)
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That's really sad. So many great things in life are experienced outdoors. It sounds like she has a great attitude but it must be hard. Sending best wishes/vibes her way.


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