When I was a kid, I knew lots of kids who had allergies, and I was quite smug about not having allergies. Little did I know that you can, over time, develop allergies. Apart from a freakish allergy to a certain antibiotic and a sensitivity to poison ivy and poison oak, I didn’t really experience allergies until after college. Suddenly, I was allergic to pollen. Worse yet, I developed an allergy to certain kinds of my favorite fruits.
Apples, pears, peaches, and apricots all gave me this weird itching in the back of my throat. I also was allergic to mango skin all of a sudden. This new fruit allergy bummed me out for years, and I was able to eat the aforementioned foods in only a processed fashion (poached, baked, marinated in sugar water).
Recently, though, I ordered a fruit plate from a restaurant and almost all the fruit was fruit I was allergic to. My wife thought I should ask to have it sent back, but I was so tempted by it that I said I’d just eat it and put up with the itchiness in the back of my throat. No itchiness. What happened? Then, a couple of days later, I ate some peaches I’d bought from the grocery store. No itchiness. Nothing.
Did my allergy just disappear? When did it happen? Why did it happen? Well, I hope it’s gone for good. Until the itchiness does come back, I’m going to be eating my fair share of peaches, pears, apples, and apricots!