Combat Colds And Seasonal Allergies On Top Of Year-Round Allergies

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

Toward the end of October, I began feeling it—sore throat, itchy eyes, runny nose. I think colds and seasonal allergies are worse when we have year-round allergies, too. Colds and seasonal allergies are so much like allergic reactions—so on top of your typical allergies, you’re basically chillaxing with allergy symptoms. Sure, the trees are dormant. […]

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Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free Halloween Candy

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

October is here, and I can’t enter any store without running into Halloween decor. More specifically: Halloween candy and treats. But us allergic people have a different kind of Halloween. For example, instead of orange pumpkins, we have teal pumpkins. This week, I’m sharing allergy-free, gluten-free Halloween candy and treats that are food-based. Next week, […]

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Eating Out With Food Allergies

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

This weekend, I went to a wedding shower for a cousin who is getting married this year (I have two who are getting married this year). I almost said no, because I didn’t think it was optional, but the cousin kept saying it’d be really cool if I was there and that it was fun, […]

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How to Gracefully Respond When People Criticize Your Allergies

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

It’s a problem. People you know and people you don’t know are making comments about your allergies or eating habits. When you rant to a trusted friend, they shrug you off and tell you to ignore it. But ignoring isn’t easy. I’ve found ignoring does nothing but bury a problem or situation, so I’m going […]

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S is for Sunflower Seeds

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

Sunflower seeds didn’t totally enter my everyday diet until I came home with three pages stapled together of all the things I’m allergic to. Well, almost all—I couldn’t be tested for nuts due to the risk of anaphylaxis. Since I was so sick, I was teetering on the edge of utterly desperate: I’d do nearly […]

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How to pass time during immunotherapy

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

I was getting allergy shots four days a week, every week, for several months. I received over 140 shots total, or maybe that was the shot days count. Either way, I quickly became bored and struggled to find new ways to pass time during immunotherapy. I mean, each day was like so: wait for shot, […]

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What to Expect at an Allergy Scratch Test

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

Needles—lots of needles. An allergy scratch test is a lot like an optometrist’s appointment. You sit in a chair of a patient room, and you’re going to be sitting in that chair for the entire process. Honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you went in your pajamas—I went in mine on the second day, just […]

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How To Prepare For An Allergy Scratch Test

Jane Lawson

I'm a 20-something on a mission to defining myself, and ending stigma surrounding allergies, autism and out-of-the-box thinkers. In my free time, I write the unconventional web series I've been creating, tend to my garden, and binge-watch stuff on Netflix. I blog at janepedia.com.

I was drafted into an allergy scratch test after answering questions on a hot pink sheet full of questions. The answer which stuck out to everyone the most was how I’d coughed all year long. “You can’t really spend a whole year coughing,” my former doctor told me, “so I’m not even going to address […]

Monique Nelson

Monique’s Story with Allergies

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Allergies are such a sensitive topic in regards to health so I want to start by saying first and foremost I AM NOT A DOCTOR. You will see that re-affirmed all over this website and I want to be sure you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that any information or opinions provided here […]