Our daughter gave me a Father’s Day gift “for the man who has everything.”
The toothpicks are harder than the ones I usually use, and I was delighted with them. I used them after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It never dawned on me that when I broke out in hives, which led to a rash, which inflamed into dermatitis that the cause could be an allergic reaction to my new toothpicks.
I saw a number of experts—allergy specialists, dermatologists, and other medical doctors—none of whom could find the cause.
I searched the Internet for answers. One medical doctor had even asked, “Do you believe in the Web or in your medical practitioner? (The answer, of course, is “Why not use both?”—especially since the people I was seeing had no idea of the cause, and all my tests came back in the normal range.) After four weeks of living with the condition, and restricting or eliminating anything that could cause the problem, the idea popped into my head that the cause could be an allergic reaction to the toothpicks, which I found were made of bamboo—and most probably processed bamboo.
I immediately did a search under “Bamboo Allergy” and found that the exact history I was experiencing had been the same for others.
Moral: The obvious is not so obvious. I had restricted myself for three weeks to anything that I thought could have prompted the reaction. I included everything—except the obvious.