On Being Histamatic

I am histamatic.

That’s my word-coinage for the day, defined as “I itch all freakin’ over.”

Why is Allyn histamatic?

I ate some mango in a fruit salad a few days ago. Mango contains trace quantities of urushiol, the active toxin in poison ivy that causes skin irritation. Cashews also contain trace amounts of urushiol. Some people develop allergies to both, if they’re allergic to poison ivy. The cashew allergy kicks in around the age of twenty. The mango allergy kicks in around the age of forty. I knew the day of reckoning with mango was coming.

So I have some poison ivy-like blisters on my arms and legs, and my skin elsewhere feels itchy. I don’t even want to talk about what the inside of my nose feels like.


New word for the day. Go forth and use it! :party:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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