I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last wrote here! Life has been so hectic — mostly in a good way though :) We had a bit of a FRIGID spell in Colorado with subzero temperatures, but the past few days have been in the 60s, which is wonderful especially around Christmas!
I have gone through a million-and-one changes over the past year, from selling my house, changing jobs, moving across the country and more. I’m now OFFICIALLY a homeowner (before I was just living in my boyfriend’s house), and everything is just completely different than what it was a year ago. In the past year, I’ve noticed some strange new allergies develop!
- One of them, mentioned here is alcohol! It doesn’t appear to be gluten related and I don’t think it’s an actual allergy. Basically, I drink alcohol, and my face turns BRIGHT red, feels like it’s on fire and is incredibly splotchy or rashy. Within 15-30 minutes, it completely disappears. So far, I’ve only experienced this with wine (red and white), hard cider, and rum. It happens the worst with wine, then cider, and the least with rum.
- Another reaction seems to be nickel! It’s not nearly as bad as The Allergista’s nickel allergy. She has poison-ivy type reactions when she comes in contact with nickel. For me, if I wear earrings, my entire ear turns red and feels like it’s burning. If I wear a necklace, my neck gets itchy. I’ve started getting sterling silver earrings, at the recommendation of The Allergista and I seem to be okay with that. I seem to be okay with limited contact, as well.
- While I do seem to be able to tolerate most fabrics, I have an issue with wool (which is extremely common). When I was a kid with severe eczema, I had problems with almost all fabrics except cotton, especially wool. But in the past 10 years or so, I haven’t really had any problems. The other day, I wore a sweater that was 10% wool, andI had a rash on my arms. As soon as I took off the sweater, my rash went away.
- Ink is another weird one! I wouldn’t call this an allergy — maybe some sort of sensitivity. It’s not ALL ink, either. But recently, I had a big carton of recently printed catalogs in my office. I had an AWFUL headache for an entire week, until I removed them from my office. Also, when I was stuffing them into envelopes, I noticed that where the catalog touched my fingers, I ended up with eczema. Once I was done stuffing them, the eczema went away a day or two later.
I did have most of these issues as a kid, but outgrew many of them… but looks like I’ll have to deal with them again! On a positive note, my stomach has been MUCH better than it had been, and I’m now tolerating many of the foods I’d been able to tolerate before.
Have you developed any allergies or sensitivities as an adult? What’s the hardest one to deal with?