"Dealing with Asthma & Allergies"
Reprinted from his "What Ails You?" columns for Twin Cities Business Monthly
© 2003 by Michael Finley
summer, while raking brush in the back alley, I accidentally stepped on a
nest of yellow jackets. Within seconds I sustained two slight stings under
a sock, and was hopping back to the house.
pain of the stings wasnít my big problem, however. My problem was that
within seconds of the stings my airways began to narrow, and my breath
began to struggle. I didn't know the word at that time, but I was in an
official state of anaphylactic shock, brought on by an allergy to bee
venom I didnít even know I had.
lived, as you can see. But my doctor tells me that the next time I get
stung, Iíll have an even worse, possibly a life-threatening attack.
you know how it is when interest and self-interest collide. Suddenly,
Iím an inquiring mind on the topic of allergies. Why did I develop one
at age 52? What happened inside me that a little baby bee should provoke
should such a response? And since when do allergies kill people?
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