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 -
How can I get a doctor to prescribe me an EpiPen for beestings, when the same doctor refuses to test me for beesting allergies for fear of triggering anaphylactic shock? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis
on May 9, 2007 -
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 -
Can anyone recommend an allergist in Chicago? I live in Andersonville; someone nearby would be nice. Also, since my insurance is evil, does anyone know how much allergy immunotherapy (shots or sublingual) runs out of pocket?
posted by rbs
on Apr 16, 2007 -
I've had a stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and consequent sore throat -- all due, I think to an allergy. It's taking several days to clear up, and clearing up very slowly. Should I be seeing a doctor about this? [more inside]
posted by Malad
on Apr 10, 2007 -
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 -
I'm scheduled to work in Thailand for about 2 months in April, and I just found out Friday that I'm allergic to peanuts. [more inside]
posted by Amizu
on Mar 12, 2007 -
Name that allergy / skin condition (not a 'see a doctor' question, promise). What am I actually allergic to? [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Feb 6, 2007 -
MedicalFilter: What allergy medications work best against cat dander? [more inside]
posted by dw
on Dec 10, 2006 -
For some reason, the first few sips of beer give me sharp pains in my shoulder and elbow joints. First noticed it a few years ago and forgot all about it until last weekend as I only drink red wine and the occassional pint of cider now. [more inside]
posted by twistedonion
on Nov 21, 2006 -
Is there a link between deli-style pickles and grapefruits that both cause a baby's face to have a skin allergy? Do they share any traits or ingredients that would have that reaction? Are their juices too acidic/basic?
posted by fijiwriter
on Sep 26, 2006 -
Ladies with fragrance allergies! If you are allergic to most heavily perfumed products (lotions, cremes, laundry detergent) what are the odds of fragranced tampons causing some wildness? [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants
on Sep 20, 2006 -
My cat-allergic friend wants to stay with me for a couple of days. How can I make his stay more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi
on Jul 18, 2006 -
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 -
Cooking Challenge 2006: Someone once said that anyone can make great food if they can use any ingredients, but the real challenge is coming up with something with a very limited selection of ingredients. So, make/find/modify me recipes using *only* the ingredients on the (somewhat short) list inside, or conversely, that don't include any of the ingredients on the (very long) list provided inside. (Elimination diet) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Jul 5, 2006 -
Posting this question for a friend (obviously, since I don't have the parts involved). A rash around the base of the penis -- what could cause it? [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott
on Jul 1, 2006 -
The new girlfriend seems to be highly allergic to everything (pollen, pets, smoke, etc). She hasn't seen an allergist and takes virtually every OTC product already with poor results. Is there some remedy I can entice her with to see an allergist? What else can be done?
posted by donmayo
on Jun 14, 2006 -
Does it make sense that unknown exposure -- allergies or sensitivities -- is making me wildly moody? [more inside]
posted by yesster
on May 16, 2006 -
My cat appears to have some mystery allergy, or allergies, since he is nearly hairless from his shoulders down. Anyone have a suggestion for a cause? I've tried a number of things...
posted by lester the unlikely
on Mar 2, 2006 -
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 -
Help me stop the morning snots.
Invariably, every morning my sinuses go into overdrive about 5-10 minutes after I wake up. My nose gets completely congested and I'll have to honk wads of clear mucous into several tissues to clear it out.
posted by de void
on Nov 10, 2005 -
Sudafed (the real and the cheap generics both) are gone; I've been taking the stuff for 30 years, and I'm having trouble finding an alternative that works well. Can anyone share any experiences with good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by nonliteral
on Oct 19, 2005 -
What should I do to make swelling and bumps from an allergic reaction to makeup foundation go away? [more inside]
posted by kirstin
on Aug 18, 2005 -
Recently adopted cat has had a dramatic out break of acne on her chin/mouth. I need an education on the best ways to:
- Identify the cause?
- Best method(s) to prevent outbreaks?
- Best method(s) to treat outbreaks? [more inside]
posted by de void
on Aug 2, 2005 -
How did you eliminate dairy from your diet? I've just tried spending two weeks dairy-free, and found it a heck of a challenge! [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish
on Jun 24, 2005 -
I'm usually a liquor drinker (scotch, whisky, bourbon, vodka) and recently I tried to make the move to beer, just to give myself a lighter option. Problem is I'm noticing the day after drinking a few beers (usually 3-4) I'm horribly sore all over, and basically feel like shit. Not hungover but flu-like symptoms (achey body, sore joints, sensitive skin, mildly feverish) I never feel this way when drinking liquor, so is it possible that I am allergic to beer?
posted by mrs.pants
on Jun 16, 2005 -
I've always wanted to have a cat(s), but when I was a kid, we couldn't have pets in the house. Now I'm older and home-owning, I may be able to own my own cat (and to hell with anyone who says otherwise...). Problem is my very special lady friend is allergic to animals (sneezing, runny nose, etc) which would make having house pets a problem, and would make her life a sneezing misery. Is there any way round this? Can you get hypo-allergenic cats? How can I help?
posted by gaby
on May 26, 2005 -
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 -
I'm looking for red and white wine substitutes for cooking purposes, due to a severe sulfite allergy. Ideas? [+] [more inside]
posted by spinifex23
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Two days ago I had an allgergic reaction
to two latex bandaids I had on my arm. It's red, has a very bumpy texture, and itches like mad. 1. Is this normal? 2. Now my entire arm occasionally gets covered in goosebumps. Is that bad? [more inside]
posted by puke & cry
on Dec 12, 2004 -
When I have a stuffy nose from allergies or a cold, jogging up a flight of stairs momentarily reduces the swelling of the nasal passage. Ascending at a walk does not have this effect. Why? Is it the change in air pressure? The bounciness of my gait?
posted by Scoo
on Oct 10, 2004 -
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 -
Allergic Reaction to Metal Filter
I can't wear any kind of cheap metal. Week before I wore a belt with a cheap ass buckle. Now I have an ungodly itchy rash on the left side of my body from my waist to my knee. Anyone have any suggestions before I scratch myself to death?
And a doctor isn't really an option as there is no insurance in the ol' damnitkage household.
posted by damnitkage
on Jul 7, 2004 -
Is it possible to get allergies (or an allergy to dust and pollen in the weather) in just one eye? I have heard it has to be in two, but does that mean both two sides are equally irritated? Has anyone here ever had allergies in just one side of their face?
posted by Peter H
on May 25, 2004 -