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    Posted September 1, 2009 by
    Bridgewater, New Jersey
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    Controlling life-threatening allergies

    My lifesavers...


    I have severe food allergies to avocado and other latex-based foods.  I'm still learning what I can and cannot eat, which is a life-or-death, trial & error game.

    I have a double pack of Epi pens on my person at all times, and a package of Benadryl Quick Dissolve strips for more manageable reactions.


    It is a huge annoyance, but dying (and I've come pretty close) would be far worse.



    Additional info- June 28, 2009 I found out I was allergic to avocado. I am 33 and have loved and eaten avocado regularly for years, until that Sunday. I turned bright red, broke out into hives, and passed out when my blood pressure dropped to 72/50.  Lightening quick and never happend before. Scary thing is, my allergist says that this is not uncommon with adult allergies!

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