“Bless You!” {Allergy Season}

We have a thing in our house with sneezes, started by Brad of course.

Sneeze 1 = “Bless you!”

Sneeze 2 = “Bless you!'”

Sneeze 3 = “Faker!”

It lightens the mood a little during allergy season. I live with mild outdoor allergies and mild food/medication allergies. Brad lives with severe outdoor allergies. We are no strangers to sneezing, but between the two of us, Brad is the one with a love/hate relationship with the outdoors. On top of allergies, he’s quick to sunburn and the bugs think he’s more delicious than anything else. I actually sent him this cartoon (from Tastefully Offensive, you’ve been warned) after a day spent working outside and being inundated with pollen

We try to make our home a safe haven from allergies in a variety of ways, including keeping shoes off inside the house and opting not to have first-floor carpet. However, it’s impossible to hide from them. Especially this time of year when the outdoors beckon.

Blink Health sent me a cool infographic on allergies, that I figured I’d share. Continue reading

Water and Sunshine

In 10th grade I remember writing a note to my boyfriend while sitting in biology class. In my note I made the comment that it would be nice if people could photosynthesize. (Let me assure you that yes, I’m aware I was a nerd. I still am a nerd.) Later that day I got a note in response from him with a drawing of green people.

It may not be photosynthesis, but I need water and sunshine to live. Water is obvious of course.

I have low levels of vitamin D. This isn’t new information. It also isn’t uncommon for people with autoimmune conditions to experience low vitamin D (at least according to what I’ve read on the internet). People joke that they are getting their vitamin D from being out in the sun, I doubt I can get enough of what I need from the sun.

I had an appointment with a dermatologist a couple of weeks ago to find out what’s going on with my skin (I called it a “mystery allergy” in a previous post). The diagnosis was that it could be one of two potential reactions, and the good thing is the treatment for both is the same: a topical cream and sunshine.

The sunshine prescription came in the form of this comment: “I know it doesn’t sound right coming from a dermatologist, but sun helps this. You should get 10 minutes of sun on your skin a day.”

I made a comment about the cruise I have scheduled not being soon enough to fill that prescription and she laughed. But that water and sunshine will be good for more than just my skin.

I was practicing the mojito and sunshine approach that day…

With the skin irritation cleared up in under three weeks, the official diagnosis is a contact allergy, which I believe I’ve narrowed down to having switched fabric softener.