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Friday, 10 February 2017

Taylor  talks to us about the challenges Valentine’s Day can bring if you have multiple severe allergies.

2017 Year of the Adult

“My name is Taylor, I'm 23 years old, live in Greenwich, London. I have chronic spontaneous urticaria angioedema anaphylaxis.

I've been with my boyfriend over four years now and suffer with severe allergies to lots of things.   I'm allergic to plants, trees and grass.  Especially flowers! I'm allergic to nuts and chocolate and many other food allergens.  My boyfriend and I have to adapt and work round my allergies. I'm also allergic to alcohol, so I am allergic to most things to do with Valentine's Day.

My boyfriend has put me into anaphylaxis  a number of times from kissing me after he had ate something earlier that day that I'm allergic to. 

Note from the Anaphylaxis Campaign, please read our top tips for staying safe whilst kissing :-).

However we still have lots of fun, I'll prepare all my own food beforehand if we're going away for a day trip or for a night away. We've gone to the zoo a lot or to farms as I love animals and we've gone skiing. If we have gone to hotel, my boyfriend will eat what I can physically be around and then he will brush his teeth and disinfect himself not to cause any cross contamination. We'll go for bike rides or swimming and we love the fair or anything historic. We go for a lot of nights away in hotels across the UK, (I'll prepare and pack my own food). I couldn't really imagine anything different as we have to be so careful and plan ahead it's become the norm.

We love each other's company and live a very happy, loving and fun love life. It's just a bit more tailored and carefully planned than your average relationship.”


If you would like to share your story of living with severe allergies as a young adult please drop an email to press@anaphylaxis.org.uk.