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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

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

Allergen immunotherapy for dogs: is it worth trying?

My dog is allergic to a lot of things (39 out of 54 in her allergy test), some of her worst reactions were to several types of very common grasses and her own yeast. The doctor recommends allergen immunotherapy -- exposing her to low levels of the allergens to increase her tolerance to them over time. It is expensive and it takes a while -- about $1,200 over about 1 year. I would love to hear about people's (and their dogs') experiences about this therapy to get a better sense of its efficacy and safety. How well did it work? Were there any side effects? [more inside]
posted by ethand on Nov 8, 2013 - 6 answers

What modifications can I make to my son's room to make it allergen-free?

My 10 year-old son suffers terribly from allergies (pollen, dander, etc., etc.). We really want to make his bedroom a sanctuary - a place he can go and feel good because it's allergen free (or as close as one can get to it). [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Aug 10, 2013 - 15 answers

Can you recommend any well-grounded books or articles about allergies?

I'd like to read some intelligent, well-sourced and scientifically informed books and articles on allergies (including food allergies) and whether the incidence of allergies and food allergies is on the rise. I'm an educated layperson. Can you recommend anything? To provide a bit more context, I feel like I've heard and read a lot about allergies in recent years from news sources and friends and acquaintances, but much of the information seems suspect. To give an example, I've had people pass on information about allergies they got from chiropractors or new-agey sources. I think allergies are a real thing, but it seems like there may be lots of mis-information out there about them. I'd like read about this issue and become more well-informed, but I don't know where to start.
posted by Area Man on Apr 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Portland date restaurant with no dairy/nuts options

What is a good restaurant in Portland, OR for a date with dairy and nut allergies? [more inside]
posted by Muttoneer on Nov 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Oil Allergy? Who Do I See?

Soy, peanut, cottonseed, sunflower, palm, rapeseed, and coconut oils make me super sick. Which doctor do I see? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Practical pet home visit tips for pet allergy sufferers

What practical, non-medical tips do you have for pet allergy sufferers who will have to stay in a home with a pet for multiple days? Next month I'll be faced with this. Reading previous questions, I saw a good suggestion - bring your own Pillow Case. What other things do you do when you know you have to live with someone with a pet for a few days? Any nonmedical suggestions for me, the visitor, are welcome, and I'd love to hear any kooky things you have done in the past that somehow worked for you.
posted by cashman on Mar 29, 2012 - 21 answers

Does a skin reaction to milk warrant a further investigation into an allergy to ingested dairy products?

Had a weird milk-skin contact reaction: does a skin reaction to milk warrant a further investigation into an allergy to ingested dairy products? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Feb 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Why am I dealing with these allergies?

Why are my allergies flaring up, and why does it react differently between food and fuzz? [more inside]
posted by Saydur on Sep 1, 2011 - 3 answers

What's new kitty-cat - woe, woe, woe.

Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Jul 28, 2011 - 22 answers

My eyes are going to pop out of my head.... thank you Spring!

Hello fellow Metafilterians, now that allergy season is upon us, does anyone recommend the best OTC med for: pressure on the eyes, chest congestion, stuffy nose, and sore throat? It's much worse in the morning. Coughing up yellow awfulness (sorry, gross). Claritin and Mucinex-D do NOT work. Sudafed works like a charm but knocks me out, literally for 2 days. Not sure what's out there, haven't had allergies in a couple of years.
posted by luciddream928 on Apr 19, 2011 - 35 answers

How to get rid of dog's skin allergies and hot spots?

Best treatment for a dog with skin allergies and hot spots? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Aug 31, 2010 - 22 answers

Safe, sane, long term low carb diet?

Practical, science-based, safe, sane "low carb" book that doesn't pull any punches? (If simply "Atkins," which one?) I'm looking for a book that is gung-ho, but still spells out what can go wrong and why: I'm three days in to a self-created low carb diet. All sorts of good stuff has happened, but all sorts of disconcerting stuff has happened, too. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Aug 27, 2010 - 21 answers

Why am I developing all kinds of food intolerances?

I'm developing food intolerances/allergies to a variety of foods. Is there a way to stop it? Should I see an allergist? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Aug 22, 2010 - 10 answers

WTF, nose?

YANMD. What's up with this runny nose in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I drop Zyrtec?

Allergy Filter: are all antihistamines basically the same? I used to take Zyrtec / cetirizine, but it's more expensive and less commonly available than other allergy medicines. Is there any reason (e.g. side effects) why I shouldn't just switch to which ever one is the cheapest? [more inside]
posted by k. on Jun 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Most of my allergies are of the sneezing variety...

Doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals: is this a drug allergy, or am I needlessly worrying? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on May 30, 2010 - 5 answers

How itchy is too itchy?

Help me convince my husband that we shouldn't wait to see the vet... [more inside]
posted by mrsshotglass on May 26, 2010 - 20 answers

A topical treatment to help relieve my cat's seasonal allergies (and the associated chewing/licking of fur on stomach and legs)?

Is there anything that can be applied topically to relieve my cat's seasonal allergies? He chews/licks the fur off his stomach and legs, and it's too hard to administer oral medications on him. [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on May 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Suggestions for bedding encasing.

Have you tried encasing your mattress/box-spring/pillows/comforter for allergy relief? Did it help? [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Apr 15, 2010 - 13 answers

What am I allergic to?

What do the following foods have in common that I could be allergic to: walnuts, eggplant, pineapple, banana, almonds and many other nuts but not peanuts... [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 11, 2010 - 15 answers

Should I be taking vitamins to make up for my fruit allergies?

I'm allergic to most fruits. Should I be taking some sort of multivitamin? [more inside]
posted by stleric on Oct 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me give relief to a friend's dog.

I have met some new friends recently and they have a 10 year old golden retriever who is suffering from a list of allergies so long it could fill a book. Removing the exposure to allergens is impossible. I want to help them reduce the strength of the symptoms. [more inside]
posted by Pseudology on Oct 3, 2009 - 14 answers

What's up with my reaction to alcohol?

I have a really wierd reaction to alcohol. What is it and can I prevent it without giving up drinking forever? (Details inside!) [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Apr 11, 2009 - 18 answers

If I can't change my environment I must change myself.

If you were once susceptible to mold and other air quality issues but have since strengthened your immunity how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Jan 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Cat needs allergy shots. Now what?

My cat is allergic to, well, everything. Pine, wool, insects, dogs, dust mites, grasses, you name it. So I've ordered her some allergy shots, which I will have to give to her daily. How do I make this as painless as possible for both me and the cat? [more inside]
posted by chowflap on Sep 14, 2008 - 14 answers

Are my allergies just an excuse not to clean?

What are your favorite unscented or allergy-friendly home products? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Sep 12, 2008 - 14 answers

Which allergy meds have gone generic or OTC since last year?

Seasonal allergy relief: I've read a bunch of the previous questions, but was wondering about allergy medicines that have gone prescription to over-the-counter or brand-name to generic since last spring. I know there's a generic Zyrtec now, but was wondering if there are any others that might be more affordable/available than they were last spring.
posted by mediareport on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Why do I get a sore throat from chemicals?

AllergyFilter. What could I be allergic to that causes me extreme throat irritation upon exposure to certain chemicals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Cats or No Cats?

The ethics of getting a cat. A roommate and I have been planning to get a cat when our allergic roommates move out. We got the OK from the new roommates on getting the cats. The day after the three new roommates signed the lease, one of them calls and asks us to not get the cat because his girlfriend is allergic. What should we do? (Apologies for the length inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2007 - 95 answers

My Dog, The Obsessive Licker

My dog licks himself --a lot. The Vet suggested a very expensive (and possibly inconclusive) allergy test. Before spending $700-1000 so the Vet can tell me she has no idea I thought I would consult the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on May 1, 2007 - 17 answers

How to live with heat hives?

Any suggestions on how to live with heat hives? I'd like to survive the summer... [more inside]
posted by flod logic on Apr 30, 2007 - 5 answers

What cosmetic brands are *really* hypoallergenic?

My wife has fairly severe contact dermatitis on her face. She has tried several different types of "hypoallergenic" brands of makeup, including Almay and Neutrogena, but they all give her hives. Are any made-up MeFites familiar with brands/lines that will not cause her allergies to flare up? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 23, 2007 - 32 answers

the buzzing mug

caffeine allergy: fact or myth? [more inside]
posted by randomizer on Nov 17, 2006 - 14 answers

My friend has a weird reaction to coffee. What's happening?

My friend has a weird reaction to coffee. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Sep 25, 2006 - 8 answers

Why is nose partially blocked in some cities but not others?

Why is my nose blocked outside in LA and New York but not in Pittsburgh or Boston? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Jul 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Food Allergy Skin-Test Needles

Where can I find allergy skin-test needles to prick my skin? [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Jan 17, 2006 - 8 answers

So itchy....so itchy!

I had a very bad allergy incident two months ago--and now I've become sensitive to products that I'd never had problems with before. I haven't found a replacement for my skincare products that I can tolerate and that does the job. [more inside]
posted by divka on Nov 28, 2005 - 7 answers

Allergic to it all.

Allergic to this planet. [more inside]
posted by bitmage on Oct 13, 2005 - 16 answers

Johnny Appleseed and allergies

I have a clear childhood memory of being taught that Johnny Appleseed spread ragweed or some other allergy-inducing "weed" in addition to apple trees. Does this ring a bell for anybody else?
posted by NortonDC on Mar 30, 2005 - 11 answers

The way I blow my nose attracts unwanted attention.

Dear AskMetafilter: In the fall, I have allergies, and several times a day I need to blow my nose. I try very hard to be discrete and do this in locations away from other people, but sometimes I cannot entirely escape the presence of others (in public restrooms, for example). Inevitably, when someone (stranger, acquaintance, coworker, even friend) overhears me blowing my nose, they feel compelled to make some comment about either the loudness or the tone of the action. (For instance, today in the ladies room a random coworker (whose name I don't know) said (over the stall) "you know, I used to have a motorcycle that sounded just like that"). I feel this behavior is rude, and I'm often embarrassed by the comments that people make. Up until now, I've just apologized for blowing my nose, but does anyone have suggestions as to a better way to respond to these comments? Why do people say these things? And (bonus question) can anyone suggest a way that I can blow my nose just as ... er ... completely as I do now without making such a loud noise?
posted by anastasiav on Sep 1, 2004 - 18 answers

Zyrtec from Canada?

It's all the cat's fault. I have cat allergies and the only thing that's worked so far is Zyrtec. Great, only the problem is that my insurance company thinks that a fair co-pay for this particular miracle drug is $35 for a month's supply. A quick Google search turned up a lot of (supposedly) Canadian companies willing to sell me branded and generic Zyrtec at much lower prices. My question: is it safe to order prescription drugs -- assuming you've actually been prescribed them by your doctor, which I was -- through online Canadian sources?
posted by baltimore on May 7, 2004 - 19 answers

I desperately want a cat, and my S.O. is slightly allergic.

I desperately want a cat, and my S.O. is slightly allergic. Does anyone know if there are any breeds of cat that are less likely to provoke an allergic reaction? Any suggestions for keeping his allergies from being a problem, other than a HEPA vacuum? Also, he wants a ferret. Is a ferret likely to cause him any problems? Am I likely to have any problems raising a ferret and a cat together?
posted by stoneegg21 on Jan 5, 2004 - 34 answers

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