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We are a family run company that have personally experienced the requirement for family members to wear medical ID jewellery in order to keep them safe. We try our very best to bring you a modern approach to the medical ID. There are many conditions in which you should wear a Medical ID. Our Medical ID Jewellery is designed to speak for you when you are unable. If you have a chronic medical condition, are allergic to certain medications or certain foods, or take particular medication then you should wear a Medical ID.

My Allergy story - Hayley

My Allergy story - Hayley

Posted by Hayley McDonald on 8th May 2020

Have you ever heard someone say 'Oh I love the smell of cut grass'?

That person is NOT me!  I hate it - I associate it with pain, sneezing, itching, sneezing some more.  I would sit on the grass at school and come away with a rash.  I hated it and don't talk to me about privot.  OMG that is worse.  

After allergy tests it turned out that I was as allergic to grass as a human could be and dust was up there too.  

Anti-histamines were my best friend for years and years and years and they were expensive.  

In around 2003 (ish - can't remember) whilst working at my corporate job in Auckland City, living the dream, saving for a building a house with my soon to be husband and working hard, I had an allergic reaction to NSAIDs.  That is Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs.  We know this as nurofen, aspirin and ibuprofen.  I used to suffer from migraines (still do but not as often) and the only thing that worked was cataflam if I caught it in time.  

I had taken the pills and kept working and then my voice stared to sound really weird and it was hard to talk and I came up with a bright red rash.  Thankfully we had a medical centre across the road and a friend took me there.  A shot of adrenalin and a huge dose of anti-histamines later and I came right.  It was scary though, because this has never happened to me before.  

When I had recovered I was referred to an allergy specialist who confirmed that I was allergic to NSAIDs and should never take them again.  While I was there I had another allergy test and he spoke to me about the grass and dust allergy and how often I took anti-histamines.  I was still taking them for most of the year.  He advised that if I ever wanted to have babies I shouldn't take anti-histamines regularly.  

It was suggested that I start doing allergen immunotherapy to teach my body how to react when the allergen is inhaled by the body.  The treatment is delivered by injection starting with a very small amount of the allergen.  For me this was grass and dust.  The goal is to increase tolerance to the allergen being injected.

I remember going every day for a week, then every second day and then once a week and then once a month for a while.  Every time, the amount increased ever so slightly and I had to sit in the office for 20 minutes to ensure that I. was in no harm.  A bit like when you have a flu injection or when the kids had their immunisations.  

Gradually my body learnt to accept grass and dust as the harmless substance it is.

Now I only take anti-histamines once or twice a year when a specific plant is flowering.  I don't even know what plant it is but I sneeze and my eyes water but an anti-histamine sorts that out.  

However, like NSAIDs I have had other reactions to a few anti-biotics so I try really hard not to take them if I can help them but I will never take a NSAID again.  That means no Nurofen, no Aspirin, no Ibuprofen.  It's Paracetamol only and if I ever need anything stronger it would have to be codeine based but that doesn't happen often.  

Therefore I wear a Medical ID bracelet.  I need to make sure that if I ever had an accident and couldn't speak for myself that nobody gives me NSAIDs for inflammation or pain.