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Anyone else here deal with allergic reactions, like you eat something and might need to take a Benadryl in the middle of the workday? How do you explain this in a professional manner? Cond't

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Very simply... if I don't do this I will die....most humans understand.

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I haven't had allergies, but I have a wacky sleep disorder that leaves me passed out at my desk sometimes or needing to walk around at the back of meetings. It can be entertaining or demoralizing. The best way I've handled it is to bring it up proactively, before something happens and explain the behavior people will see from me - they deal with it well and don't look at me (too) strangely when it happens.

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I have insane allergies and it's basically a running joke with all my teams. There's always at least one day early on where I'm sneezing all day so if something weird shows up requiring Benadryl or WFH they get it. My eyes got insanely swollen one day and I just stayed in the hotel because I didn't want the client thinking I was hungover or high or something. My team got it. And made fun of me. But it's life. Everyone has a cousin/friend/uncle/friends dad etc who had crazy allergies. Don't worry

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I've had to take my epipen in front of 4 coworkers at lunch in the client cafe, when you have serious allergies 99% of people won't say anything negative to you. Unless they are an asshole 😳

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God country health then consulting job please....

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I have an obscure food allergy that is as intense as an epi-pen. But it's with some trees and fruit. So when I'm in certain cities that have these trees, I have bad reactions and take benedryl like crazy. My teams know and are aware I can't food with those fruits. No problems

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I have a few serious allergies. For one, I have been having a serious reaction, but not it has not been acute bc the exposure was minimal, thankfully. The reaction has still be on-going for 12+ hours (happens when it is not acute) and I have barely been able to do thinking work today, but showed up to go to meetings, etc. It's just embarrassing and I don't want people to think that I am a flake. Thankfully, you can only see it is you look closely, but my lips have been red and swollen all day. I had red patches on my face this morning, but they have been coming and going.

Can I ask how long as a consultant? This is a question consultants with less than 3 years ask....generally..m no one really wants the job that much they would kill you.

Thanks, guys! I'll write more later when I am feeling better

Yeah, so my shellfish allergy is epi-pen level, but when I have a lower grade reaction, it takes the form of hives, swollen lips, and inability to concentrate (the histamine floods my brain). The symptoms can last for more than 24 hours and even still be there in the morning. Ok, after reading what M1 wrote and after writing this out, maybe I need to be using my epi pen (never used it- always do Benadryl or ER). It seems scary, but maybe what I am considering a low grade reaction to a severe allergy is worse than I think it is bc I am so used to it.

So, started to get open with co-workers about the allergic reaction. Two responded nicely, one was neutral and told me that the LCSP was now looking for someone with a higher bandwidth for this special project that I was doing for him, and one disregarded it and wrote back trying to re-delegate to me what I had delegated to someone else. Sigh

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