*buys all of the allergy medicine just in case*
Folks, we’re definitely not making light of severe allergies here. Even if some of these people can look back and laugh now, there's no doubt they were in pain and probably panicking at the time — but we'll let their stories tell you more about all that.
FYI: An allergic reaction can be anything from sneezing or skin rashes to the most serious and fatal reaction, anaphylaxis. Many allergy-sufferers rely on medications like the EpiPen to stop their reactions — which is especially important given the recent 500% price hike. So in addition to making you cringe or laugh, we hope this post serves as a reminder of why allergies should always be taken seriously.
This woman who got a little too close to dust mites:
“Apparently I’m allergic to dust mites. My breathing was never affected, and I only itched a little, but my boss wouldn’t let me go to work that day, as I worked in retail.”
This girl who is a PSA about the dangers of eyelash tinting:
“I have red eyelashes and was offered free eyelash tinting at the office I worked at. Everything went great until I woke up the next morning and saw my reflection in the mirror. My family called me Quasimodo. Each day it kept getting worse and I also couldn’t see. I was put on oral and topical steroids, which made my face even more swollen. It turns out I’m severely allergic to the zinc in tinting dye. The worst part is this happened the day before my sophomore year of college.”
This guy who just wants the ~kombucha trend~ to end:
“Ever heard of the drink kombucha? Well, neither had I, until my friend offered me just one small swig. This is my face 30 minutes later.”
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