7 Things Never to Say to Someone With Allergies
Allergy talk can spark a lot of awkward situations during social gatherings where people are grabbing at things to talk about. Chances are that if someone has allergies, they do not want it being the main topic of discussion at the dinner table or have it be the thing that defines them.
I was born with a surplus of severe food, pollen, and dust allergies, so by now I've gotten just about every reaction in the book. The replies I get from people are varied—sometimes dismissive, usually overly pitiful, and occasionally, flat-out offensive. Honestly, it's not even that most of them have ill intentions. But unless you grew up with someone who suffers from allergies, most people are just ignorant on the right and wrong things to say.
If you need an etiquette rundown on how to react to someone with allergies, I've compiled the worst responses that I've actually received over my many years of allergy-living. I speak on behalf of all the allergy sufferers out there when I say this: please avoid saying any of the below.