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10 Struggles anyone with allergies knows too well

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Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

Having allergies isn't uncommon — it's estimated 50 million Americans deal with some sort of allergy. Yes, it helps to know we're not alone, but it doesn't make the struggle any less real.

1. Antihistamine coma

It's like next-level tired and you know it is coming.

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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2. You have to budget for tissues and allergy medicine

It may be time to invest in some cloth tissues.

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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3. Sinus headaches

And it makes accomplishing anything impossible.

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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4. Having a section of your closet for "in case of hives"

Turtlenecks and long sleeves for days.

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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5. Being "that" person when you go out to dinner

The one who has to call ahead, check the menu, talk to the waiter and meet with the chef.

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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6. You don't even bother to clean up the tissues

If you can't love me at my worst…

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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More: 10 Allergy myths busted

7. Always looking so sad

No, it's just my allergies!

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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8. The panic you feel when your Benadryl is only half empty

But, I need it!

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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9. Having a legit fear of flowers, perfume and walks in the park

It's so dangerous out here… ah-choo!

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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10. Trying to figure out if you're sick or it's just your allergies

Either way you don't want to get out of bed.

Struggles you only truly understand if you're allergic to everything

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