Nick Kroll is one of those rare people who’s funny in every medium he tries: movies, sitcoms, standup, even cartoons. But in the last few years, he’s had to deal with a slight wrinkle (er, hive)—his allergies have gotten so bad that sometimes he performs with swollen eyes, hives on his neck, and splotchy skin. In classic Kroll fashion, he’s decided to do what any good comedian would: add it to his material.
by Sollis Health
When and how did you first start getting hives?
I have been getting hives for decades. It’s always been connected to my eczema and atopic dermatitis. The first time I remember getting hives was before my high school graduation where I was going to give the graduation speech. Which went almost as badly as my hives.
Have you ever had to shoot anything or perform live while covered in them?
Over the last few years, my allergies have gotten much worse and led to many times where I have had to shoot and perform live with swollen eyes, hives on my neck, and very red/splotchy skin.
“It is hard to conceive of a chronic illness unless you yourself suffer from it.”
What’s the craziest treatment you’ve tried?
I have taken many bleach baths because I’ve been told the bleach helps kill the bacteria that lives on my skin which causes much of the irritation. Nothing like smelling like bleach for the rest of the day!!
Ever been tempted to use your allergies as the basis for some kind of creative material?
Many jokes are now built around my skin issues. Every time I do jokes about my issues, I have friends and fans asking me about what treatments I have tried. These post-show questions have made it clear how many people are suffering from similar issues.
For a lot of people, their chronic illness got worse during Covid—is that how it was for you?
I don’t know if I can draw a direct line from Covid to my illness, but I definitely think my skin has gotten worse since Covid. That could be from Covid, or it could be from the mental stress that the lockdown, political turmoil, and family stresses Covid has caused.
“The first time I remember getting hives was before my high school graduation where I was going to give the graduation speech. Which went almost as badly as my hives.”
What do you think is the funniest misconception about this type of allergy?
I think unless you suffer from the kinds of allergies that cause swollen skin, hives, eczema, etc… people don’t quite believe the issues are totally real—like, of course you can eat shrimp. Or sleep with feather pillows. Or that there is something you’re NOT doing that you could be doing to fix it. It is hard to conceive of a chronic illness unless you yourself suffer from it.
How has Sollis been helpful for this and/or your family’s well being in general?
As I have navigated my allergies and their subsequent medical issues, Sollis has been very helpful in getting my blood work done in an efficient and timely fashion, they have been on call for when I’m having a major outbreak to answer questions, and they prescribe medicine if my allergist/dermatologist isn’t available. I have called them from the middle of nowhere in Mexico and at 3am from my home. They have been empathetic and fast and very diligent with their follow ups to make sure I am doing better.
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