Is it possible to develop a silver allergy late in life? Iâ€™m a â€œcomebackâ€ player, pushing 70 real hard, and lately my chops are turning bright red after playing for just a few minutes. Now I realize they will turn red for a short while due to the blood being drawn to them while playing. In my case this redness, and some puffiness, will last for at least an hourâ€”sometimes moreâ€”before returning to a â€œnormalâ€ color and size. My chops also feel like theyâ€™re burning up. They also dry out when playing even though I constantly sip water while practicingâ€¦itâ€™s a good thing the bathroom is right around the corner from the room I practice in. Initially I thought this might be caused by one of the many medications I take, so yesterday I went over all of them with my doctor. He picked out one that might be the culprit, but since Iâ€™ve been on that one for 2Â½ years, and this is a fairly recent problem, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s very likely. What are the symptoms of a silver allergy anyway? Iâ€™m assuming there is a test available that positively determines its existence. I know one obvious solution would be to pick up a Kelly mouthpiece, but I donâ€™t see one listed on their web sight for a flugelhorn. I really donâ€™t want to go to the expense of having a custom mouthpiece made if the problem is not a silver allergy. Anyone have a thought or two about this?