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How to solve a medical mystery involving insomnia, chemical sensitivity, and an air purifier that seems to be an accomplice?

Does anyone have recommendations for dealing with wicked, terrible insomnia that seems to be caused by something I'm breathing in (judging by my racing heartbeat, constriction in my chest, and burning eyes)? Multiple Chemical Sensitivities are a part of this, so anyone with this who has learned a trick for controlling indoor air quality - please help me!!! [more inside]
posted by bross12 on Sep 9, 2009 - 5 answers

How worried should I be about my symptoms?

Should I be worried about this? I went to the doctor this morning to get checked out for cold/flu symptoms; I didn't think it was serious -- I just wanted to check that I didn't have H1N1, but the doctor told me that the treatment I'd been getting for prostatitis was "highly unusual for someone in their 20s", and he said I should immediately stop taking the antibiotic I'm on (Septra/Bactrim) because I might be having an allergic reaction to it, or possibly an autoimmune reaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Looking for a dustrpoof pillow cover that isn't annoying.

Allergyfilter: Need recommendations for a dustproof pillow cover. [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Aug 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Am I allergic to my cold medication?

Is what I am describing an allergic reaction? [more inside]
posted by alona on Aug 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Wheat-free deliciousness?

Wheat-free cooking ideas? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jul 24, 2009 - 9 answers

What's normal for a bee sting?

How much swelling is normal after a bee sting? And is a lot of swelling indicative of anything troublesome? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 18, 2009 - 16 answers

But I love snap peas :(

Recently, after eating raw sugar snap peas, I've been getting tender spots on my lips and my throat gets dry and slightly sore. It goes away after a half hour or so. What is this? An allergy?
posted by downing street memo on Jun 24, 2009 - 10 answers

What caused a sudden facial and joint rash?

Sudden facial and joint rash after taking vitamins with food. Allergy, or cross-reaction? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky on Jun 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Solution for belt buckle allergy

I'm allergic to most belt buckles, what can I coat them with to provide a barrier between the metal and my skin? [more inside]
posted by truth1ness on Jun 4, 2009 - 28 answers

zit or is it?

I'm getting a strange new kind of zit (or is it?) [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on May 31, 2009 - 18 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

Wasps on the mind

Wasp problem: They're in my room, I have a phobia. What to do? [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Mar 10, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I deal with super-sensitive skin?

What resources are out there for people with super-sensitive skin? I seem to develop a new allergy every month or so. My latest rash is located everywhere my bra touches my skin, so I'm particularly interested in undyed, unbleached organic cotton bras. [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Mar 2, 2009 - 11 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

Food allergy?

Food allergy filter. Why does eating chocolate candy (and other types of candy) makes me break out a couple of hours later? What does that indicate?
posted by aeighty on Jan 27, 2009 - 10 answers

How to prevent (dust mite) allergy attack after strenuous exercise?

How to prevent (dust mite) allergy attack after strenuous exercise? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday on Jan 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Sulfa danger?

I'm allergic to sulfa drugs (specifically known to be allergic to Septra). My boyfriend's taking Bactrim, a sulfa drug. Could I have an allergic reaction from kissing him or coming into contact with his sweat? Could sleeping next to him be dangerous?
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Om Nom Burning!

Edible filter: I've discovered that my experience of peaches burning, and peach fuzz being like a cactus, is an allergy that came along with puberty. Essentially what should be sweet and tart tastes sweet, tart and spicey. I don't mind the afterburn, but what happens if you keep eating allergy triggering food? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Nov 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Be gone virus!

How can I get rid of this cold/virus/URI for good? I had the same thing at the end of September into October and it has returned on 11/14 with a vengeance. [more inside]
posted by nougat on Nov 20, 2008 - 19 answers

Recommend hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners

Please recommend hypoallergenic and non-irritating shampoos and conditioners. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Why is my voice deeper at night?

Why does my voice get so deep at night this time of year? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Allergy/EyeballFilter: What's the same in Japan, Italy and Austria?

Allergy Brainstorm Time: What could I possibly have an allergic reaction to in my EYE in Italy, Austria and Japan? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Sep 21, 2008 - 13 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

small appetite, big city. and hold the shrimp!

Fine Dining question: (asked especially for upcoming trip to Las Vegas but applicable most anywhere) How have you handled your food allergies and/or petite appetite issues at posh places? [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Aug 12, 2008 - 16 answers

Why do split ACs make me sneeze?

Why does using the AC make me sneeze? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Aug 10, 2008 - 11 answers

Casein Allergy Solutions?

My girlfriend has recently formed as casein allergy as a young adult. She is not "lactose intolerant". Are there any solutions to dealing with this outside of cutting dairy and other casein rich foods out of her diet? more inside... [more inside]
posted by Texasjake987 on Jul 13, 2008 - 6 answers

The fuzzums! They're everywhere!

Can you recommend a yarn that won't make me feel sick? [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Jul 10, 2008 - 16 answers

What alternatives are there to aspirin and NSAIDS (besides acetaminophen)?

What alternatives are there to aspirin and NSAIDS (besides acetaminophen)? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on May 6, 2008 - 23 answers

Allergic to weird things

New to allergies. WTF? [more inside]
posted by zengargoyle on Apr 13, 2008 - 12 answers

Sniff Sniff Wheeze Wheeze

Is there any way to get allergy shots for cheaper? [more inside]
posted by rbs on Mar 30, 2008 - 4 answers

What to do about an over-perfumed coworker?

How should I deal with someone higher up on the org chart who wears way too much perfume, and who my direct superiors have been reluctant to confront about it? [more inside]
posted by hades on Mar 5, 2008 - 33 answers

How to seal in allergens with a clear coating?

Roommate purchased a new Japanese tatami bed this weekend. He woke up with one of the worst allergic reactions in his life. He didn't think about it until afterwards, obviously, but he's highly allergic to the hay material the tatami is crafted out of. Help me brainstorm ideas to resolve the issue. [more inside]
posted by Nerro on Feb 19, 2008 - 9 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

Scratch mine, and I'll scratch yours!

HELP!!! My boyfriend and I are bumpy and ithcy everywhere!!! Nothing helps and it's a terrible nuisance. What could this be and any suggestions for remedy? [more inside]
posted by NotInTheBox on Jan 25, 2008 - 35 answers

Seattle Allergists?

Looking for recommendations for allergists in Seattle. I'm not suffering like I did last spring! [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jan 8, 2008 - 4 answers

My tresses cause me stresses!

How can I determine which hair product ingredients I am sensitive/allergic to? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo on Jan 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Allergic to the sun?

When I was about 10 or 12, I think, there was one summer where I was, I was told, "allergic to the sun." I've googled the phenomenon and I don't seem to fit the profile. What was this? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Dec 10, 2007 - 14 answers

How do you know if you're allergic to latex?

Other than dying first, how do you know if you have a latex allergy? [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Dec 5, 2007 - 16 answers

Cat Allergies and Where I Live

Do I need to find an apartment with hardwood floors to keep my cat from killing my allergic girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by wukkuan on Nov 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Sublingual Grapefruit Seed Extract Incident

I used straight, undiluted Grapefruit Seed Extract under my tongue and now I have sublingual inflammation and a burning sensation on the tip of my tongue like I've sipped tea that is too hot. [more inside]
posted by pranalaxmi on Oct 29, 2007 - 10 answers

What is it in these foods that I'm allergic to?

What am I allergic to? I have reactions from the following: bean sprouts, kiwi, bananas, pecans, and lots and lots of raw vegetables such as carrots and raw snap pea pods, though I can eat them cooked with no problem. [more inside]
posted by item on Oct 22, 2007 - 17 answers

Newfound sympathy for scruffy indie bands

Beard itch, except I don't have a beard. Help! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Oct 8, 2007 - 10 answers

welt meltdown

My insect bites are producing progressively larger welts. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Sep 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me stop my seasonal allergy flare-up!

The sudden shift from hot to beautifully cool weather has made my seasonal allergies go berzerk! Please help me find an over-the-counter solution that won't interact with the crap I've already ingested before I sneeze my head off! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Sep 11, 2007 - 10 answers

I like walnuts, but they don't like me.

Walnuts make my tongue hurt. Does this mean I'm allergic, or is it just their acidity? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Aug 22, 2007 - 11 answers

Aggressive Cat Trying to Get Into My House 24/7

Just moved into a house. Previous owner apparently fed, and let into the house, a neighborhoood feral cat. The cat mews all night outside, trying to get in. [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Aug 9, 2007 - 62 answers

Should I buy a front-loading washer if the only detergent I trust is Cheer Free?

Detergent for front-loading washing machine - is there some available that's as innocuous as Cheer Free? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 8, 2007 - 17 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

Bee Sting Allergy or Coincidental Flu?

I need inside information from the "hive" mind. Did a bee sting give me flu-like symptoms, or did I just get an unrelated virus on the same day as the sting? More inside: [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jul 14, 2007 - 6 answers

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