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New Windows, Allergy and Noise Edition

Have any of you noticed an improvement in your allergy symptoms after installing new windows? We have single-pain windows now, from the 70s, and I have an asthma attack every time my neighbor mows his lawn. Would new windows help that much? Do they also help with the noise? Would I maybe go an entire day without hearing my neighbors' yippy, untrained dogs? Is it worth it just for that? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Apr 19, 2016 - 11 answers

Can we teach the dogs to read while they are in the library?

My town's no-kill animal shelter is inaccessible and has a low adoption rate. I would like to have a "display" of the real-life dogs and cats in the library I manage to improve adoption rates, bring awareness to low-cost neutering/spaying programmes, vaccinations, and annual registration as well. I was also hoping the animals could be used in a "puppy room" that provides stress relief while helping socialise the animals prior to adoption. Besides allergies, what other liabilities or challenges should be on my radar?
posted by saucysault on Apr 7, 2016 - 19 answers

How To Convince Parents Not to Bring Their Sick Kids

I'm a music teacher and I also have severe upper respiratory allergies. I try everything I can to work on them however, I feel some parents are not holding their end of the bargain. They tend to bring their seemingly healthy child into a lesson when they're actually sick. I keep getting ill as a result and as a professional singer, I can't afford to get sick. I want to make a notice detailing what is sick before their child runs into a lesson. How should I address this issue? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2016 - 26 answers

Acai bowl recipe for someone with a lot of allergies?

I'd really like to try making an acai bowl, since I'm curious to know what the big deal is about them. Also, they look pretty. I can't use the recipes that I'm finding online, since they all seem to include bananas, and some also include nuts. Any good ideas? [more inside]
posted by chocotaco on Apr 4, 2016 - 8 answers

How can I test for cat allergens in my house?

After my last question on the subject of allergen removal I would like to have some way to follow up on the results of the cleaning. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Mar 15, 2016 - 1 answer

Have I Developed Hotel Room Allergy?

Since last autumn, the day after I'm back home from a hotel stay, my sinuses go nuts. Nothing happens at the hotels. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by justcorbly on Mar 13, 2016 - 14 answers

Will a slight allergy to "superfood" powders get better?

I've been adding this superfood powder to smoothies lately for breakfast and would like to continue to, but I seem to have a little bit of an allergy to something in it, perhaps grass pollen? My question is, is this inherently dangerous if it's only been a bit of a passing irritant, or will it actually improve with consistent repeated exposure (like with allergy shots)? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Mar 11, 2016 - 24 answers

What effective actions can I take to minimize cat allergens in my house?

My new partner is deadly allergic to cats, and after rehoming my cat I want to make sure she can be in my home without, you know, dying. What do I need to make sure I do and how effective will it be? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Feb 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Please help me reverse engineer my favorite hair wax.

I just got a super short haircut, and started using this incredible hair wax to style it into tiny, tiny spikes: Scentsiv Unscented Fragrance Free Hair Styling Wax. It was the first hair wax I got that was truly unscented, and it works like a charm. It has also seemingly vanished off the planet. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Feb 19, 2016 - 9 answers

YANM...I don't even know what

I've now had 3 episodes of a weird skin thing (specifics within) that is painful and perplexing and google-resistant. I have an appointment with a dermatologist, but it isn't for several weeks, and I'm not even sure this is actually one for the dermatologist, rather than a GP or even an OB/Gyn. It starts with hot itchy skin and evolves to a pimple-like rash, and it is exclusive to my jawline and chin. Do you know what it might be, and exactly which doctor I should see about it? I really hate going to doctors, so I’d love to get the right doc the first time with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Conan! What is good in... Tampa?

Hey fabulous helpful denizens of mefi! I have work-related travel coming up for Tampa & St. Petersburg, Florida. I am a special snowflake of a traveler, as seen by my ask history. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Sep 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Allergy to down? Wool? How to confirm?

After thinking I had major sinus problems for the past year, I now think I'm allergic to down and/or wool. (Based on intense facial pain, headache and congestion for the entire day after sleeping with those beddiings, and none without- I just did a personal 3 day experiment). However, I did allergy tests this year and they came up negative. Can you get specific testing for these items? Has anyone experienced this? Do allergies really just appear at 'a certain age'? If so, can anyone recommend a good allergist in NYC?
posted by bquarters on Aug 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Regurgitation of food

For the past few months, I've been steadily spitting up food after I eat. If it acts up it tends to keep happening for hours after I have last eaten. There was one time before I started GERD medication that I woke up in the morning with half-digested food in my mouth. Ack! I've had an EGD done, and he said it was normal, though he also said that he dilated my esophagus to 18mm, which is considered a normal width. I was on omeprazole and recently switched to lansoprazole, which isn't working as well. I'm getting heart burn now, too. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Aug 5, 2015 - 25 answers

Millions of peaches, no peaches for me

Sudden onset of allergy symptoms, out of the blue, from a peach? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jul 30, 2015 - 25 answers

Got a PPD tattoo - now what?

My husband and I are honeymooning on Gran Canaria and, in a silly mood, got henna tattoos from a stall on the oceanside. Back at the hotel, I googled for tips on henna tattoo care and discovered that the vendor used "black henna" containing PPD, which can cause severe skin reactions and further health problems. [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Jul 29, 2015 - 16 answers

You have allergies. You wear contacts. You use allergy eyedrops.

What allergy eyedrops do you use? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 27, 2015 - 15 answers

How to get rid of this bronchitis for good?

I'm a non smoking female in my 30s. Developed serious allergies over the past 3 years. Found out I'm allergic to any mold and dust. Was going for the shots until I found out I can't take them if I have chest congestion. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jul 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Depression Triggered By Overeating? The Wrong Food?

Before we get going on this....Some will say this is psychological, but I need to say that whatever goes wrong, it's like a switch is thrown and it lasts for days. I seem to have a depression set in when I over-eat, or perhaps ingest the wrong ingredient. There is something physical going on that causes me to drastically not think the same. I start flip-flopping on things I was firm on, I have no strength mentally for socializing, and certainly none for confrontation to the point where I would get taken advantage of without fighting it. That isn't me. when it goes away, it does so fairly quickly, within a half of a day. [more inside]
posted by Shylo on Jul 21, 2015 - 30 answers

What is is causing this allergic reaction?

My fiance breaks out in a rash/hives whenever when spend time outside in the spring and summer. What could be causing it and what can we do about it? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Jul 2, 2015 - 28 answers

To sleep, perchance not to swelter nor sneeze

I have no a/c in my bedroom but a lovely crossbreeze. Complication: dust. Do HEPA filters work when windows are open? [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on May 31, 2015 - 5 answers

Any advice before I take the cat to the vet a third time for sneezing?

My cat is sneezing a lot after two courses of antibiotics and I'm unsure how to proceed, given that I don't entirely trust the veterinary practice I use in terms of pushing for expensive tests and treatments. Could the cat just have allergies? Do I just need to suck it up and go to this vet again? [more inside]
posted by microcarpetus on May 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Travel advice for Nashville please!

Hey MeFites familiar with the Nashville area! I am coming to your neck of the woods for work for a day or two, and would like to find some things: [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Apr 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommendations for an allergist in NYC?

Getting a bit desperate for an NYC allergist who will be able to see me sometime before the end of the century. [more inside]
posted by Button-down sock on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Help, I've got a type-I hypersensitivity to studying

I've been studying full-time (and then some) for board exams. I am enjoying this study period and I think my schedule is pretty balanced and healthy, but the rest of my body doesn't agree. I'm breaking out in hives and feel like I'm an overall inflammed state (think general urticaria, hives, ulcers, 熱氣). Help me push through these next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Apr 11, 2015 - 16 answers

Dust allergy + LASIK severely affecting my eyes. How to treat?

Side-effects of LASIK, plus a dust allergy, have made my eyes miserable. What are some effective ways to reduce irritation, inflammation and vulnerability of my eyes? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Apr 8, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I know if I'm actually short of breath, or if it's psychosomatic?

Back in the 1990s I had a lot of actual health problems mixed with some stuff that was probably psychosomatic. I had bad allergies and many episodes of shortness of breath, but while the allergies were real my doctors never figured out what the shortness of breath was about. Now my allergies are acting up, and after weeks of me worrying the shortness of breath would come back too, here it is. How can you tell if you are experiencing actual, allergy-related shortness of breath, or just having a panic attack about the possibility? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Mar 31, 2015 - 23 answers

Asthma: What to do about the dogs?

I have no idea how to handle this situation. I have two dogs; whom I love very much. I've always been a little allergic to them, but it seems to be progressing to asthma. I have no idea how to begin to figure out what to do. Seeking advice. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Mar 19, 2015 - 19 answers

What's up with delayed food allergies?

After experiencing some digestive issues, my doctor has diagnosed me with several delayed food allergies. They happen to all be things that I eat every day. What should I do with this information? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Am I going to suffocate without opening my windows?

This is silly and at this point I feel like I should know better: I'm a little lost when it comes to using air purifiers and keeping windows open/closed. It makes sense that the less pollutants get inside the better, except I've never had to keep all the windows closed for long and I keep thinking that no fresh air will be terrible. How do normal people do this? [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack on Mar 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Meal delivery for people with lots of allergies

I like the idea of getting some meals every week delivered to the house that would be reasonably affordable, easy and quick to make (we're all good cooks but come home from work tired, so complicated or more than say a half-hour to make will get frustrating) and introduce me to new recipes. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Mar 8, 2015 - 4 answers

How long until allergy shots really become worth it?

I've been getting allergy shots for three years. Sometimes I feel as if they have made a minor impact, but most of the time I think it is an inconvenience with very little benefit. Please help me decide if I should continue. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on Feb 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Travel advice for Atlanta please!

Hey mefites of Atlanta! I am going to be traveling to your fabulous city for work in early February and I would like your advice! [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jan 24, 2015 - 11 answers

My poor, sad old wool blanket.

I have a wool blanket given to me as a gift as a child. It's about 25 years old and it is AWESOME especially in cold cold winters. Here is the problem; I've abused the poor thing, and probably need to keep abusing it because of my allergies. How can I care for it, but limit the damage further. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jan 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Feasible to recover from chest tightness/dry cough with a dog around?

I currently have chest tightness since this past July. I used to have asthma as a kid. I've gone to my primary care doctor about 3-4 times already. The following tests were performed: [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Travel advice for Raleigh please!

Work travel is picking up for me again and my next destination is Raleigh, but I'll be in Winston-Salem one afternoon as well. Help me find food please! [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Nov 12, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me find a mulitivitamin that I am not allergic to

So far, the only multivitamin that I have not had a bad reaction to has been Apex Performance Multivitamin, which I last used 5 years ago. It appears to have been discontinued. [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Oct 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Shine, little glow stick, lead us away from allergenic treats!

I'm passing out glow sticks and glowy spiders in lieu of candy for Halloween. A Facebook friend posted a link to the Teal Pumpkin Project about kids with food allergies and Halloween treats. So, yay, my treats are allergy-safe! But my house is definitely NOT a pristine allergy-free zone. Will this be an issue? I don't want to inadvertently poison some poor trick-or-treater. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Should I get allergy shots?

I have multiple chemical sensitivity allergies, particularly to bleach and fragrances. According to the patch test, I also have less severe allergies to all the usual suspects - dander, pollen, grasses, etc. There are currently no desensitization therapies for chemical allergies like there are for the other stuff. My allergist says I should still do the allergy shot regimen because it will take my system out of constant "high-alert" mode and subsequently reduce the severity of the chemical reactions. I'm skeptical. [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish on Oct 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Waking up with a runny nose every morning - why and what to do.

I moved to the midwest a little over two months ago. Since then, I've been waking up most mornings with allergy-like symptoms - runny nose, sneezy. What gives? Does anyone know what's going on or what I might do about it? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 8, 2014 - 22 answers

Looking for a flower like goldenrod, but less allergy-inducing.

Goldenrod is my favorite color. I am looking for a flower (or flowers) to use at my May wedding that is as close to that color as possible, without being likely to cause allergic reactions for guests. I'm interested in flowers that are in bloom in late-May and which look more like wildflowers than tulips, but I am open to considering any and all goldenrod-colored flower suggestions. Thank you!
posted by likeatoaster on Oct 3, 2014 - 14 answers

I Can Haz Energy?

Please supply me with your over-the-counter/prescription med or lifestyle hacks for dealing with seasonal allergies that are accompanied by bone-crushing fatigue. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Sep 23, 2014 - 17 answers

What allergen is it?

I used to live on the East Coast (CT), and now live on the West Coast (WA). Both places, I get allergy symptoms in late August - what could it be? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Travel advice for San Antonio please!

Next month my work is going to send me to scenic San Antonio, TX! Please help me with some recommendations as I have never been there. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Travel advice for Montgomery and Atlanta please!

Hi MetaFilter! I have upcoming work travel to Montomery, AL. I am planning to fly through Atlanta, GA, and drive in to Montgomery. Let me tell you about my special snowflake issues. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Allergic to soy milk but not miso? Are you allergic to tempeh, etc.?

I am allergic to soy milk. As confirmed in my doctor's office today, I am not allergic to miso (we used straight miso paste to eliminate any doubts. It has been claimed that the fermentation process changes the protein enough that it doesn't trigger an allergy. I have considered doing the same test for tempeh but first wanted to see if there were people out there allergic to soy milk but not tempeh, as the prep for the test is quite uncomfortable and I would prefer not to do it if the likelihood of a good outcome is vanishingly small. So, soy allergic MeFites, can you eat tempeh?
posted by rednikki on Aug 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Allergic conjunctivitis won't go away

Have you or anyone you know ever experienced allergic conjunctivitis that just won't quit? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for tea and allergy friendly food in Huntington and Little Rock

I am traveling in the next few weeks to Huntington, WV and Little Rock, AR. I have not had great luck with either city in the past and would like advice on places to go for food or tea. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jul 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Cauliflower and cashews substitutes in vegan recipes?

A member of my gaming group has developed a ton of food intolerances/allergies, so I need substitutes for cauliflower and cashews in vegan recipes. And can anyone spot a pattern to her allergies? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Jul 22, 2014 - 22 answers

Dogs that lick... a lot

I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
posted by hippychick on Jul 13, 2014 - 11 answers

I am an idiot with sensitive skin.

It took me years to figure this out, but I'm allergic to many common ingredients in soaps and lotions. If I stray away from using my approved short list of hypoallergenic soaps anywhere on my body, the most sensitive, NSFW, TMI part of my body suffers. My dumb clueless self recently used some body wash I'm allergic to. Help me figure out how to make everything normal again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2014 - 17 answers

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