Living with Allergies

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When I was about 8 years old, I developed an allergy that isn’t common and one that I have never heard of before. I was allergic to the cold. That included, cold air; such as freezing temperatures, cold water; especially ice, and anything else you can think of that you consider cold. When my skin came in contact with anything cold, it broke out in hives. For example, if I went for a swim in cold water, I would come out of the pool or ocean covered in hives. It looked like I got bitten by mosquitoes all over my body. I had to take Zyrtec every night to prevent a bad reaction from happening and had to carry an EpiPen everywhere I went incase I started having trouble breathing. Luckily, I never had to use the EpiPen and never experienced a bad allergic reaction.

I had this allergy for about 3 years. It slowly went away over time until it was completely gone. I was allergy-free for about 10 years until I started having problems with food. When I was about 20 years old, I started getting stomachaches after eating the same foods I used to eat all the time. I had to change my diet completely to more organic, natural, and allergy-friendly foods.

Going from an external allergy to an internal allergy/sensitivity has been a new experience. It is pretty interesting how you can just develop new allergies over time. My next blogs will consist of my stories about having food sensitivities, how my life and diet have changed, as well as my fitness journey to a healthier life. I hope you can stay for the ride.

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