October 14, 2019

Theresa’s ‘Challenge’ Confession: Allergies In Thailand Made Me Blow Up Like A Big Red Balloon

Theresa’s ‘Challenge’ Confession: Allergies In Thailand Made Me Blow Up Like A Big Red Balloon


If you’re allergic to bees, you steer clear of their hives, and unless you’re a camp counselor, sidestepping poison ivy is usually easy enough. But there are certain little venoms that are tough to avoid, and Theresa bore the brunt of her medical sensitivities on her last “Challenge” outing. During “Rivals II” filming in Thailand, Jasmine‘s partner, who’s allergic to coconut and MSG, naturally came into contact with both, and by the time everything was said and done, she was rushed to the hospital in pretty embarrassing condition.

“My face blew up like a big red balloon,” the “Free Agents” cast member recalls in our latest “Challenge” Confessions clip. “It was not a comfortable situation, so I ate carrots and peanut butter for almost the entire time.” Well, just be glad you’re not allergic to spiders, too, girl — as Coral proved way back on “The Gauntlet,” arachnids can do some real damage to your chances at first place. Make sure to have that EpiPen ready either way!

Listen to Theresa relive the horror of her swelling, and be sure to see her in action when “Free Agents” premieres on Thursday, April 10 at 10/9c

Photo: Ian Spanier


Theresa’s ‘Challenge’ Confession: Allergies In Thailand Made Me Blow Up Like A Big Red Balloon

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Physician Assistant Dan Moore at McLaren Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing is treating poison ivy this week.

Symptoms include:
–Itchy, red, raised rash that appears in lines or streaks
–Blisters that break open and ooze clear fluid
–Localized swelling
–Feeling of warmth at the exposed area

Most poison ivy cases can be treated at home.

It’s a common misconception that poison ivy is contagious. The rash itself isn’t contagious, but the spreading of the plant oil is. That’s why it’s important to wash the irritant off the skin as soon as possible with soap and hot water. Clothes should also be washed.

Take an oral antihistamine and apply topical hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion. Cool compresses can help, too.

See a doctor if there’s swelling around the face, mouth, neck or eyes. You should also see a doctor if the rash is infected, or appears all over your body.

Moore is also seeing patients with allergies.

Symptoms include:
–Runny nose
–Watery eyes
–Itchy eyes and nose
–Dark circles under the eyes

Avoid allergens by staying indoors on dry, windy days. Use eye drops and cool compresses, and take antihistamines.

If you have asthma, stick to your prescribed treatment regimen.

Allergies can lead to sinus infections.

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