Should this suffering continue for much longer, I will have to upgrade to something fiercer than Allegra, which has previously generally stood me in good stead if I can get to it before the reaction kicks in full force.
Still, it could be a lot worse. Has been a lot worse at various points in my past--I should, for example, never visit Southern California again if I wish not to die a sneezing death. And I have no food allergies of any sort, for which I am grateful, because hayfever at least has the advantage of a good long run-up to death--generally the season will end before your body deteriorates to the point of collapse, and at a worst case scenario, you can leave town. With food allergies, you get like thirty seconds to realize that somebody handed you a shrimp rolled in peanuts rather than a Twinkie, and then you're flopping around on the floor clutching at your closing airway. Even the worst extremes of Mexican food don't do that to me. I may not want to breathe the air, but I by god have the option.