MyOwnPrivateSFC Posted September 29, 2007 Share Posted September 29, 2007 Ok, so, I keep reading stories--not here, but just in general--where the very mention of a known allergen can cause someone to have a reaction. At first I thought this was just poetic license, an excuse to get people to sneeze, but then I thought of how many people here (myself included!) have mentioned that talking or thinking about sneezing can cause us to do just that!So, my question--for those of you with allergies, or who are familiar with the way allergies behave--is, I guess...is it realistic for a character to have to sneeze because he's talking about something he's allergic to (in this case, flowers)? What if he (or someone else) is specifically talking about allergies? And, if his allergy is relatively mild, is it possible/likely that he'd be more likely to have a reaction after minimal contact if he was already thinking about the allergen and/or his allergies before the contact?To give a little bit more background: the character is allergic to flowers (well, at least some flowers), but not horribly; he can be around them without having much--if any--reaction, but if he gets too close (sniffing them, for example), he does react. I just want to know how "up close and personal" I have to get him with flowers for him to react (since I'd rather not have to work giving him a reason to be sniffing flowers into my story); whether there's anything I can do (like the power of suggestion) to either prime him so he'll have a reaction to just being around them or (even better, in several ways!) make him have a...I guess psychosomatic, sort of...reaction. Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me any advice. I know I'm asking a lot, but I really do prefer realism in my stories; it not only helps me write more smoothly, but I don't get sidetracked with "Is that possible?" thoughts when I'm reading it later. Abyssinia, Barrie Link to comment
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