Ashley Judd: I have allergies, you jerks

Mar 16, 2012 at 9:18 p.m. ET

Ashley Judd's publicist already addressed the reason behind her puffy appearance earlier this week. However, the actress wants you to hear it directly from her.

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The publicist for Ashley Judd was quick to refute plastic surgery rumors when the actress appeared in Toronto with a super-puffy face earlier this week.

"For the record, this is unequivocally not true," Judd's rep, Cara Tripicchio, said of surgery reports. "Ashley has been battling an ongoing serious sinus infection and flu. Therefore, Ashley has been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it so she could get on a plane and travel to Toronto and New York to fulfill her commitment of completing four consecutive days of press to promote her new show Missing."

She wasn't done.

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"This may have contributed to her face appearing 'puffy' on the talk show in Toronto, however, anyone who is truly paying attention and not looking to perpetuate a ridiculous story can look online further at photos of her last night during an Apple Store event in NYC and see for themselves that there is zero sign of plastic surgery, puffiness, fillers, etc., that has become a silly and erroneous topic of conversation. Ashley is a natural beauty enjoying her 40s gracefully."

Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

Judd herself even replied to a fan on Twitter when asked about it. "Steroids r dramatic," she wrote. "My clothes don't fit right, hard on a girl's self esteem, so lots of positive self talk & love."

Some in the medical field doubt her claims, though. Dr. Vincent Chan, a Seattle ear, nose and throat doctor specializing in sinus disease told MSNBC that steroids used for sinus infection don't cause immediate puffiness.

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"Generally, when steroids are given for sinus infection, they're given for 10 days to two weeks," he said. "Usually those types of regimens -- steroids for sinusitis -- don't cause that sort of problem."

"It takes several weeks to a month to get that kind of puffiness," he added. "And it will be accompanied by generalized water retention. You'll be puffy everywhere."

We don't know the real truth, but we wish she'd just be honest if it was from plastic surgery. After all, country singer Faith Hill just stepped out sans makeup and looks completely different than what we're used to.

If she can embrace her "imperfections," so can you. Ashley.

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