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I just want my eyelids to stop swelling

What am I allergic to? [more inside]
posted by girih knot on Jan 5, 2011 - 15 answers

I was allergic to cats but now I'm not. Why not?

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?
posted by deeper red on Dec 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Unavoidable Drug Rash?

Is Prednisone the best solution for my drug rash and, if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Nov 25, 2010 - 18 answers

Could I possibly be allergic? To a fleece blanket?

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?
posted by DrGail on Nov 12, 2010 - 25 answers

"Mr Burns, you have every disease there is!" "So I can't get worse, I'm invincible!"

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Oog, I feel sick

Is this a food allergy? What might be causing it? And "can I eat this"? [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Nov 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Allergic to schnapps?

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?
posted by cronholio on Sep 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Irritation Nation

How do I keep oral sex from causing a rash? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Is my mattress the cause of my sneezing and runny nose?

Help! Sneezing and runny nose every night! Is it my mattress or have allergies come back to haunt me? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Sep 7, 2010 - 8 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

Allergic reation or parental overreacion?

Did my daughter have an allergic reaction to her snack? If so, what could have caused it? YANMD, obviously. [more inside]
posted by dogsbody on Aug 31, 2010 - 6 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

Am I on to something here, or is the still random data points?

AllergenIDFilter: Is there a common denominator between (1) public water parks (2) Dawn dish detergent (3) water/sewer utilities? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Aug 24, 2010 - 4 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

Wheat as an allergen catalyst?

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]
posted by scrutiny on Aug 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Face Blew Up

What the heck happened to my face last week? (possibly gross) [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 4, 2010 - 15 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

Can teflon coated pans harbor wheat gluten?

Can teflon coated pans harbor wheat gluten? (please provided references) [more inside]
posted by aphysics09 on Jul 11, 2010 - 6 answers

I want to hide my hands.

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]
posted by Heretical on Jul 1, 2010 - 19 answers

What to do about post-gluten bloating?

GlutenFilter: if someone with a gluten intolerance accidentally eats some, is there anything they can do to reduce their uncomfortable bloating? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Delayed reaction to bee sting?

Is my delayed reaction to a honey bee sting normal? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava on Jun 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Peanut butter problem?

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]
posted by caution live frogs on Jun 17, 2010 - 28 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

Chronical clogged nose is preventing a good sleep at night. Any advice?

Chronical clogged nose is preventing proper breathing at night. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Jun 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Out, damned casein.

I've just been told I may have a casein intolerance, and I have to alter my diet to suit. [more inside]
posted by ysabet on Jun 2, 2010 - 14 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

Laughing boss derides

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]
posted by zadcat on Apr 21, 2010 - 29 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

Please translate Medic Alerts into Arabic.

Medical translation filter: I'm off to the Middle East and Europe. Small concern - I have a collection of allergies that would need to be known in an emergency, especially as I'll be in a few remote places. What do I put on a medic alert band in Arabic countries? (Help with notes for wallet card also appreciated!) [more inside]
posted by liss on Apr 9, 2010 - 10 answers

You are not a doctor

You Are Not A Doctor - But you can still help me. Red spots all over my body? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Apr 9, 2010 - 28 answers

Eating out with milk allergy/intolerance

I want to know how have people with milk allergies and/or lactose intolerance changed their lifestyle in terms of eating out. It seems it should be simple- all you need to know if there is milk in it- but then again, not so much, esp if its not consistent (different brands etc). I am not interested in answers of the kind, "ask the waiter" but I am more interested in knowing how it affected this part of your life. Is it a drain to eat out with people at the new office when they ask you out? Do you turn a date down just because..? How did you accept that you may never be able to enjoy that ice-cream or cheesecake again?? (sigh)
posted by xm on Mar 27, 2010 - 25 answers

Commuting Pollen / Polution / Dust Mask: Blessing or Hooy?

Dear hivemind, can you recommend (or provide an argument against) a face mask designed to keep the majority of large particles out of my nose and mouth while outside? [more inside]
posted by strixus on Mar 23, 2010 - 12 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

Allergy-friendly restaurants in Chicago

Where can my girlfriend and I eat during our trip to Chicago? I am allergic to peanuts, nuts, soy, and (less seriously) crustaceans. [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Mar 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Allergy or coincidence?

It seems that whenever I am around certain air fresheners or scented oils, I immediately get a sore throat, runny nose, and headache that goes on to become a garden-variety head cold lasting a week or so. Is this an actual allergic reaction, or just a coincidence? [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

How to keep the dust in for a better night's sleep

My new roommate has been sneezing since he got here, and I think it may be the dust/dust mites that's bothering him. I suspect the inherited mattress he's using may be harboring them, although it's otherwise perfectly fine. So: recommendations for a good mattress cover that will keep in the allergens, isn't weird and crinkly and won't destroy our tiny budget? (More info and further allergy inquiries behind the cut) [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Feb 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Allergy Treatment for Kids

I've heard about a woman outside of Boston who cures kids' allergies by starting with an infinitesimal amount of the allergen, and slowly exposing the body to greater amounts, until the allergy is overcome. A similar process was used in a study at Duke recently. Is there anyone else in the USA using this process (successfully) to treat/cure kids' allergies, that you know of?
posted by LittlePumpkin on Jan 26, 2010 - 21 answers

“I’ll take MOLD GOLD for 200 Alex…”

So I was told by the doc that I have a SEVERE mold allergy…now what? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 19, 2010 - 10 answers

It's like he's allergic to my love :-(

I popped the question. He said yes. His ring finger says no. How do we deal with his crazy metal allergies? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jan 7, 2010 - 49 answers

Like green corn through the new maid...

Is there anything special about sturgeon that might cause ... um ... intestinal distress? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jan 4, 2010 - 10 answers

New Ibuprofen Allergy - Ouch!

I've recently developed an allergy to ibuprofen...Symptoms: swollen and sore tongue. Questions: a) Is there an equally effective drug for menstrual cramps? b) Chance of worsening symptoms/permanent damage if I continue to take it? SEE INSIDE FOR DETAILS [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons on Dec 11, 2009 - 44 answers

Can an allergy start at 40?

Can food allergies develop at forty years old? In my case, I'm getting hives (on my arm or hand) when i eat anything with dairy in it -- this has never happened before.
posted by LittlePumpkin on Nov 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Anyone have a bubble I can borrow?

Allergy Help Needed: I am having a skin test done on Friday and have had to stop all antihistamines until then. What can I do for allergy relief between now and my test? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Oct 21, 2009 - 20 answers

My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help.

My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help. She's got bumps, sores, and the occasional scab on her underside. Allergy treatments haven't been much help (barring prednisone which isn't really a long-term solution) nor have special skin-treatment foods. And she doesn't have parasites, either. I'm kind of at a loss. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Oct 18, 2009 - 23 answers

casein & lactose levels in "caseine & lactose free" foods

Can someone tell me the minimum safe level of casein and lactose found in "casein free" &/ or "lactose free" foods that would not trigger an allergic reaction. (In ppm.) i.e. the lowest safe level allowed if you were trying to produce such a food product. (It will be for ghee, which has the milk solids removed, but residual trace amounts could potentially remain.) In striving to get it as low as possible, what would be an acceptable level to not trigger allergic response? [more inside]
posted by Mimidae on Oct 15, 2009 - 5 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

A houmoussy kiss

I love houmous, but my boyfriend is allergic to legumes (peanuts, pulses and the like). Is there a similar dip I can make with tahini, lemon, garlic and something else instead of chick peas? I'm confused as to which beans are legumes and which aren't, and which would work and which wouldn't...
posted by mippy on Sep 10, 2009 - 31 answers

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