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Big red and scary!!

26th September 2014

Have you an allergy? I suffer with hay fever and can’t get to close to cats and dogs unless I want to explode on the spot which is only slightly worse than the runny nose in the summer.

My wife has been flaring up over the past few months and we’re not quite sure what's causing it.  We tried to remove things from her diet and monitor what she touches, but no luck.  It’s got so bad that it was suggested she have a patch test at the hospital.  My poor wife came home a couple of days ago with about 50 patches on her back all with different things that she might be allergic to underneath. When it came to taking them off it was quite funny, as Jo is quite ticklish, every time I tried to pull one of them off she was in fits of giggles. It took ages to do standing in the kitchen, who knows what the kids thought was going on!

Out of all of them one of them did flare-up, it was a nasty violent red colour which after trip back to the hospital we discovered meant my wife is allergic to nickel.   Not ideal as she's a secretary at the QE, Nickel is in everything door handles, printer cartridges, her Id badge, her makeup, her knife & fork come dinner time and even plain and simple paperclips which the hospital have agreed to replace with plastic ones just for her! 

It’s a complete nightmare, but at least now we know what’s causing the problems!

If you're allergic to nickel I’d very much welcome your suggestions on avoiding and coping with the allergy. 

Posted by Simon Rowe at 3:37pm

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