According to the Food Allergy Research & Education Foundation, food allergies are a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Unlike other types of food disorders, such as intolerances, food allergies are “IgE mediated.” This means that your immune system produces abnormally large amounts of an antibody called immunoglobulin E — IgE for short. IgE antibodies fight the “enemy” food allergens by releasing histamine and other chemicals, which trigger the symptoms of an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction to food can affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and, in the most serious cases, the cardiovascular system. Reactions can range from mild to severe, including the potentially life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. In the U.S., food allergy symptoms send someone to the emergency room every three minutes.
Recently I went to the ER for anaphylactic shock because I ate a hot dog at an Angels Baseball game that had something in it that I was allergic to. My throat felt like it was closing up and it was one of the scariest things that has ever happened to me. Not only did I stay up all night in the ER ( With my best friend who stayed by my side), but I suffered for weeks after with random spasms of my throat feelings like it was closing up. Today, my body no longer reacts the way it used to to food allergens, now it acts worse with more severe consequences.
I made this picture because of a girl in my photography class. She is the most obnoxious, unintelligent and meanest person that I have ever met. In class, she repeatedly brings a bag of nuts to class as a snack even though the photographic dark room rules say “NO FOOD” in bold on the front door. Not only does she not follow the rules in the photography lab, but she completely disregards my friend and I when we explain to her that we have an allergy. My friend is deathly allergic to nuts and cannot even smell them without having an allergic reaction. She has had to take Benadryl the past two classes.
So for those of you who think that people with food allergies are just being wussies and are making a big deal out of nothing, this picture shows just one symptom of what it feels like to have an allergic reaction. It is serious and it is unfair for you to treat us as if we are an inconvenience to you.
For the girl who I made this picture for, I am done with your complete disregard for other people’s well being and will be taking this problem to the professor and dean if I have to.
If you would like to learn more information about this medical condition, check out this website: