I have to stop taking antihistamines for 3 days in order for my allergist to run a test. It's looking like an impossible task - I've already changed the appointment date once because my hives were too much to handle, and I'm sure I would've torn my skin off. So how can I actually do this? Any tips for surviving what looks like idiopathic urticaria? [more inside]
What's the best way to go about fixing my sinus/allergy/sneezing problems (including establishing a case history for surgery)? [more inside]
Could this be an allergic reaction to doxycycline? [more inside]
Why are my allergies flaring up, and why does it react differently between food and fuzz? [more inside]
Trying to get on top of some long-standing food sensitivities/intolerances, and looking for recommendations on what to put in a food/dietary log. [more inside]
The mystery sesame allergy: WTH is going on here? [more inside]
Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol? [more inside]
Why would my allergist dismiss a possible diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis? [more inside]
I have had an issue with a bumpy, red, ITCHY rash for the last 7 years when I use certain anti-perspirants/deodorants, and have been changing them up to fix the rash. I am asking for your help because the rash is back, I am clean out of ideas and am holding off the rash only slightly right now. Sorry for the long post, details inside. [more inside]
Serrano peppers and (heat?) rash: sign of an allergy? Also, how do I stop the burning? [more inside]
Asthma-like breathing problems from bathroom cleaner. Tell me what ingredient in this bathroom cleaner I'm most likely sensitive to, so I can avoid said ingredient in the future. [more inside]
Give me your favourite curry recipes that don't involve chickpeas, lentils, peas or other legumes. [more inside]
I'm allergic to something and have scratched the bejesus out of my legs. What can I put on them to help clear up the scarring? [more inside]
Until recently, I have been a healthy, active, young male. Since several months ago I have started losing my appetite, especially at breakfast. I can barely eat a banana for breakfast. I wake up to nausea almost every day. Sometimes I throw up even if I haven't eaten anything. Could I be allergic to my new furniture? Are my symptoms even possible allergic reactions? [more inside]
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.
We are coming up to hay fever season where I live and I usually suffer badly for a week or two every spring. Here is something I have wondered for years: why does a nose that sometimes drips and runs continuously for sixteen hours a day dry up and stop for the other eight while I am asleep?
What risks are involved with taking more pseudoephedrine if the first dose didn't last anywhere near 24 hours?
The warnings on the Wal-Itin D box say "do not take more than once every 24 hours." Most medications warn against taking more than X every Y hours, but they are usually hedging their bets. Is this kind of medication different, and, if it is, can I take something else that might help without worrying about contraindication? (Sinuses-want-me-dead information inside) [more inside]
Should I see a pulmonologist or an allergist? My asthma has become much worse recently, and I don't have a primary care doctor. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
Allergy Question. My new puppy. Help. [more inside]
What am I allergic to? [more inside]
Once upon a time I was very allergic to cats, but this appears to have gone away. My dog allergy has stuck around though. What mechanism is likely at work for an allergy to simply disappear? Will it come back?
Is Prednisone the best solution for my drug rash and, if so, how much? [more inside]
We bought this blanket and put it on our bed. We do not use a flat sheet nor do I *ahem* wear pajamas, so the blanket was right next to my skin. Pretty much everywhere the blanket touched for any period of time, but especially on my thighs and upper arms, I broke out in a bumpy rash. It itches a little, but is as unsightly as all get-out. And it's taking forever to fade. I washed and dried the blanket, and that made no noticeable difference. There have been no other notable changes -- laundry detergent, soap, lotions, etc. all the same -- so it seems like the blanket must be the culprit. I know YANMD, and I probably won't even consult with my doctor because really, what is he going to say? What I'm hoping is you'll have some answers or suggestions for me. Could there be some additive that's causing the allergic reaction? Is there anything I can do to the blanket that will Make.It.Stop?
Can you help narrow down what sort(s) of doctor(s) to see and what to investigate, given these symptoms? All symptoms have cropped up within the last two years. Before that, I felt healthy most of the time. Primary care doc has been little help, and most of the specialists seem to focus only on the symptoms within their own areas of expertise. [more inside]
Is this a food allergy? What might be causing it? And "can I eat this"? [more inside]
Sometimes when I drink alcohol I get sort of an allergic reaction: skin rash (red spots on my face and shoulders) that feels a bit itchy. The first time that happened was about 2 years ago (never had that before and I'm 29 now) and now it occurs about every tenth (or so) time I drink hard liquor. It hardly ever occurs with beer or wine and it doesn't seem to be related to a certain ingredient (it happens with vodka as well as with Campari). Plus it doesn't seem to be related to the quantity of alcohol ingested. Maybe the cause is a certain kind of food in combination with alcohol? I haven't done enough "tests" to find out more. What could that be and need I be worried?
How do I keep oral sex from causing a rash? [more inside]
Help! Sneezing and runny nose every night! Is it my mattress or have allergies come back to haunt me? [more inside]
Best treatment for a dog with skin allergies and hot spots? [more inside]
Did my daughter have an allergic reaction to her snack? If so, what could have caused it? YANMD, obviously. [more inside]
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]
AllergenIDFilter: Is there a common denominator between (1) public water parks (2) Dawn dish detergent (3) water/sewer utilities? [more inside]
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]
I don't seem to be allergic to wheat, but eating wheat makes me allergic to many other things, including uncooked fruits, nuts and vegetables (except citrus), general seasonal allergies, animals, etc. When I stop eating wheat, my allergies to ALL of these things go away. It's crazy. Why does this happen? [more inside]
What the heck happened to my face last week? (possibly gross) [more inside]
YANMD. What's up with this runny nose in the mornings? [more inside]
Can teflon coated pans harbor wheat gluten? (please provided references) [more inside]
YANMDermatologist: What's up with these mini-blisters, it's annoying and making me self-conscious. Wall of late night text-babble inside. [more inside]
GlutenFilter: if someone with a gluten intolerance accidentally eats some, is there anything they can do to reduce their uncomfortable bloating? [more inside]
Is my delayed reaction to a honey bee sting normal? [more inside]
My kid is having a reaction to peanut butter. As in, a rash around his mouth after he ate a bite of my PBJ toast. I'm trying to figure out how much I need to worry, and the Internets aren't helping. [more inside]
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]
Chronical clogged nose is preventing proper breathing at night. Any advice? [more inside]
I've just been told I may have a casein intolerance, and I have to alter my diet to suit. [more inside]
Doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals: is this a drug allergy, or am I needlessly worrying? [more inside]
Help me convince my husband that we shouldn't wait to see the vet... [more inside]
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]
New person at work. I like her but she wears perfume and we're practically elbow to elbow in a tiny room with little ventilation, and my eyes are still sore and blinky three hours after leaving the place today. [more inside]
Have you tried encasing your mattress/box-spring/pillows/comforter for allergy relief? Did it help? [more inside]