Allergy Questions: Answered (Part 1)

A lot of people ask me their allergy questions because I guess I’ve become a bit of an expert on the issue. Before I get into this new post, I want to reiterate that I am not a doctor, nor have I studied biology since freshman year of high school (and no, it was not my best subject). So all of my answers to allergy questions are based solely on personal experience and things doctors have told me.

For any real questions, seek actual medical advice. I’m just here for when you do a pre-doctor’s appointment google search.

QUESTION: Can’t you just get allergy shots and then eat like a normal person?

ANSWER: Nope. Allergy shots are primarily used for environmental allergies, like insect stings, pollen, dust, dander, and mold. They haven’t been proven effective for foods. Plus, they don’t “cure” an allergy, they just lessen its severity. A lot of people get irritated that their allergy shots aren’t covered by insurance — it’s not your insurance’s fault. It’s that it’s not the proper method of care. It’s kind of like being mad at insurance for not covering physical therapy when you have chronic migraines. Totally unrelated. Blame medical research for not being advanced enough in terms of food allergies. Because maybe they can develop something in the future. But right now, avoidance is the only route to ensure safety. Feel free to read more on webmd.

If you have an allergy question you’d like answered, post it in the comments section and I’ll answer it in a future post.

2 responses

  1. I’ve just had an allergic reaction to a cough medicine, came out in an itchy rash, now wondering if it’s safe to use a permanent colour hair dye?

    • I would suggest talking to your doctor for specifics, but you can always check the ingredients to see if they overlap. If there are overlapping ingredients, see if those ingredients have caused you reactions at other points in your life. If you’ve used the hair dye successfully many times, then it’s probably okay to keep using it. Howveerm if it’s a new product, double check the ingredients and talk to your doctor.

      Feel better!

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