Last night I offered myself as a guinnea pig regarding the effects of red dye #40, consuming a dose many times what it considered “normal.” (I drank a bottle of red food coloring)
There were not imeediate effects but after a while, I did notice an itching.
In case of allergic reaction, I took a normal dose of the antihistamine clemastine fumarate. A few ounces of scotch, which makes it much easier to read the news, and improves on an already good “The Daily Show.”
I can report that antihistamine makes you tipsy.
I told Maggie I was itchy, but not to worry.
“I wasn’t worried before. Now I am.” she said.
“I’m OK.” I reassured her.
“You’re not OK.” she countered.
When I began to explain that the itching was most likely imaginary, I realized that when she said that last bit she had been pointing to her head.