ALLERGY: exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states
I appear to be allergic to email. Specifically emails about contagious afflictions.
As far back as co-op preschool, I noticed that emails about lice in my child’s class made me itch. For days. Sometimes weeks.
I thought my email allergy was specific to lice emails, but I’ve recently discovered that it is worse than originally suspected.
This week, I discovered I am also allergic to pinworm emails when I had a severe reaction to this message in my inbox:
There is a case of pinworms in our class…Symptoms include itchy bottom and rectal discomfort — oh, and little white worms coming out of your bottom and laying their eggs. Sorry for the bad news.