Everyone is welcome here! Whether you have allergies, sensitivities, hypersensitivities, or intolerances, this blog is for you. While the primary focus is for allergies, I have all of the above and welcome anyone to my blog.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Helpful Allergy Links

While I am working on getting this blog up and running, I thought I would post some helpful links to anyone who is new to allergies. If you have a link you think should be on here, let me know and I will add it.

Basic Overview and Information of Allergies

WebMD is always a good place to start. They have a lot of information about allergies overview, types of allergies, allergy treatments, and more.

Natural Allergies Relief

Wellness Mama has a great list of 7 Natural Remedies for Allergies Relief. I've heard of all of them and tried all of them, except for the quercetin. I have a few friends who swear by quercetin though. They say it's a miracle!

Angioedema Information

The Mayo Clinic Website has a lot of good information on Angioedema. I have had this since I was 9 years old, so there will probably be a lot of talk on here about it.

Facebook support group for Angioedema

On facebook, there is a support group for people with Chronic Recurring Idiopathic Angioedema if you need support or someone to talk to about it. I found this group very valuable for me because we've all been there and we all know each other is going through.

Anaphylaxis Information and Symptoms

The Auvi-Q website has great information on anaphylaxis. I really liked the section about common symptoms of anaphylaxis. If you scroll down, there is a person outline and blue boxes to the left that you can click on to show the body systems  that it affects. They even have a symptoms of anaphylaxis flash card that you can print out.

Allermates Allergy Awareness - Safeguarding Kids

I love Allermates Products. I know it's for kids but they really have some great products. I even bought their EpiPen Case and I take it with me everywhere I go. If you have kids with allergies, or if your a kid at heart with allergies (like me!), this is the allergy store for you. They even have fun kid wrist bands to alert others to allergies, asthma, vegan, and even autism!

Can you think of any links you think should be here? Shoot me an email and let me know! I welcome any great blogs too. I have been looking for some to follow.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Morning with Angioedema

My beautiful morning snarl

Hello friends! It is Purple Hair Ladies (yes, I will re-dye my hair in the next few weeks) blog post about... Angioedema.

EGADS! What happened to your face?

This my friends, is called angioedema. In case you aren't aware of this wonderful torture that some people live through, it's kind of like hives. From our friends at wikipedia, it is defined as:
"... the rapid swelling (edema) of the dermis,subcutaneous tissue,[1] mucosa and submucosal tissues."
If you don't have this, GOOD! You don't want it!

How long have you had angioedema? 

I was first diagnosed at 9 years old. After going to the ER (A&E) for a swollen lip, chin, tongue, and neck after a long hot bath, and after CPS was satisfied that my mom didn't clock me in jaw, a doctor came in and said "Oh! That's angioedema." Although, back then, 29 years ago, it was referred to as Angioneurotic edema because they thought it had something to do with the nerves.

How do you treat it?

Usually, I treat it with Diphenhydramine (AKA Benadryl). I buy bottles of 1000 Capsules of 50 mg in each capsule from Amazon. They also have smaller bottles of 100 capsules as well. These bottles of diphenhydramine are CORN FREE (which is why I buy them instead of not regular name brand Benadryl.)

Also, if my angioedema reaction is bad enough, I have an epipen that keep on me at all times in an Epipen holder. They even have some pretty cute ones for kids. Mine is by AllerMates and is actually for kids, but I am a kid at heart LOL.

Why do you get these Angioedema swelling?

If they don't know what causes it, it's called idiopathic angioedema. There is a facebook page dedicated to supporting those of us with chronic idiopathic angioedema.

Sometimes I don't know what causes my swells. Other times it could be from heat (yup, I'm allergic to HEAT!), tomatoes, sleeping on my pillow wrong, touching a soap I am allergic to, putting on the wrong chapstick, or having a panic attack (yup, I'm allergic to stress too!).

It's not all bad though.

After awhile you learn to live with it, like I have. It just  becomes a part of who you are. I am going to a new allergy specialist in November, so hopefully they will be able to help me even more. But for now, I live my life and enjoy the nights as my daytime so I don't itch and burn and swell. Yup, I am a vampire LOL. Just kidding, although I feel like it some days.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dotchi's Cucumber Salad

Every weekend in our small town, the Kid’s Kitchen makes a free meal for kids in our area. No judging, no questions asked… just come in and have a free meal. I decided to make a cucumber salad for this weekend and thought "Hey! I have to share this with everyone because it is delicious!" 

It’s easy, inexpensive, and very delicious.

This recipe serves 2 but you can adjust it to serve more people.

To make Cucumber salad, you will need

In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, dressing, dill weed, and salt blend. Add in the peeled and sliced cucumbers and mix well.

Let the cucumber salad sit in your fridge for a few hours, or overnight, so the flavors can marry.



This recipe uses mayonnaise which contains eggs, soy and sometimes corn. Most mayonnaises usually have lemon juice. Please read the ingredients carefully.

This recipe uses Annie's Roasted Red Pepper Dressing which contains: Roasted red peppers (roasted red peppers, water, salt, citric acid), apple cider vinegar, water, expeller pressed vegetable oil (canola and/or sunflower), honey, sea salt, garlic, xanthan gum, black pepper, and basil.

This recipe contains Jane's Krazy Mixed-up Original Salt Blend which contains: Salt, Herbs and Spices (but doesn't state which ones), Dehydrated Onion, and Dehydrated Garlic.