Hypersensitivities Are Real
Hypersensitivities are Real
Your doctor can’t explain hypersensitivities to you?
The Hypersensitivity Lady can.
Sensitivities (usual and expected)
Allergy pollen makes you sneeze
You itch when you wear wool on a hot day
You get carsick with bad drivers
Hypersensitivities (very rare)
Allergy pollen causes a scary rash
You can’t wear wool at all
You get carsick with good drivers
Not sure if you have hypersensitivities? Take the Hypersensitivity Quiz.
Post #5 Exactly What Are Hypersensitivities
What are hypersensitivities?
Hypersensitivities are very rare, damaging, discomfort-producing, and sometimes fatal reactions produced by the human immune system. Touching wool may make you itch. Drinking milk may make you sick to your stomach. Breathing cigarette smoke may precipitate an asthma attack. It may do serious damage to your (as opposed to others’) lungs. Why? Because you are a Hypersensitive, and your immune system reacts to substances to which others’ immune systems don’t react.
A. Dictionary Definitions for Hypersensitivity
1. Extreme physical sensitivity to particular substances or conditions — Google
A little sparse. I want more.
2. A state of altered reactivity in which the body reacts with an exaggerated immune response to a foreign agent —freedictionary.com
As in “altered states”? I like that.
3.The exaggerated or inappropriate immune response occurring in response to a substance either foreign or per- ceived as foreign and resulting in local or general tissue damage
Redundant, I think.
4. A set of undesirable reactions produced by the normal immune system, including allergies and autoimmunity. They are usually referred to as an over-reaction of the immune system and these reactions may be damaging, uncomfortable, or occasionally fatal.— Wikipedia
Notice that Wikipedia mentioned allergies and autoimmunity but passed over those of us who have non-allergic hypersensitivities. This is understandable, because our condition has not been intensively studied.
B. My own answer to What Are Hypersensitivities (about how Hypersensitives actually act and feel):
Hypersensitivities: certain substances trigger immune reactions in your body. Yet most other people’s bodies don’t react at all to those substances. Then other people accuse you of “over-reacting” to the substance.
“Relax,” they say. “Don’t let it bother you.”
“If you’d stop complaining and do your job,” they say, “the itching/pain would stop.”
“I don’t have any hypersensitivities,” they say. “I don’t have time to be sick.”
“It’s all in your head,” they say. “Stop whining about nothing.”
The bottom line: Hypersensitivities are a function of the body, specifically the immune system, not the mind.