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Is it possible for someone to be allergic to their own self?

Asked by AstroChuck (36570 points ) June 6th, 2009

I’ve heard of bizarre situations in which one person is allergic to another but anybody ever heard of somebody being allergic to their own self? How might you treat somebody with that kind of malady?

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filmfann's avatar

It’s called Lupus.

hearkat's avatar

I suppose this is a basic explanation of what happens in those with auto-immune disorders.

oratio's avatar

There are several diseases like that. Multiple sclerosis is another. You can also be allergic to your own hair, which will make it fall of so that you don’t have any hair anywhere on the body, eye lashes and all.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Yes, there was a girl I went to high school with who was allergic to herself. She was perky and nice, but had horrible rashes all the time and kind of looked gross always. Not in a she was bad looking way, you could tell she wasn’t, but in a bits of her were always falling off kind of way. Anyway, high school is bad enough without adding that into the mix.

skfinkel's avatar

Isn’t this what auto-immune diseases are?

augustlan's avatar

That’s kind of like me. I’ve got several autoimmune issues, where my body attacks itself as if it were a foreign invader. It fails to recognize ‘self’. Regular old allergies are an over-reaction of the immune system, and in a very basic kind of way, so are autoimmune diseases.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Not in my case. Every time I look in the mirror, I just melt because I’m so…...me. As far as I know, there is no treatment for my affliction.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

It’s called an auto-immune disease. They body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue.

augustlan's avatar

I would like to clarify that I don’t have bits of myself falling away. ;)

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@EmpressPixie: That sounds like eczema or psoriasis

augustlan's avatar

@La_chica_gomela I have eczema, but I’m not falling apart in bits and pieces. Does that usually happen?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@augustlan: LOL! I don’t know, I was just trying to interpret. By “bits” falling off, I took that as “dead skin”. That happened to me somewhat when I had eczema/dermatitis. Plus everything’s worse when you’re a teenager. I have a feeling a just made the faux pas of taking a tongue-in-cheek question, and answering it in a serious way..

augustlan's avatar

@La_chica_gomela In my case, I just have the hands of an 80 year old woman on my 41 year old body. :(

DarkScribe's avatar

Their “own” self?

As against their “other” self?

Yes there are instances of people being allergic to their own sweat. They are fine as long as they don’t perspire.

mattbrowne's avatar

Yep, diabetes type 1 is a good example. The immune system is allergic to islet cells in the pancreas.

filmfann's avatar

@DarkScribe Sure! I got sick, and took my bad self down to da doctor. I should’a brought my good self too, cause dat was da problem.

jennac1224's avatar

Yes. You can be allergic to your own hair and the hair of others. I have been a hair dresser for 19 years and had to quit do to this horrible condition. I have auto immune defecincey disorder. NOT SYNDROME! Also it can be plaque psoriasis which I also have along with diabetes type 2 and a wounderful bleeding disorder where I have chronic nose bleeds and need to be transfused 1–3 a year. I’m the epitome of good health. LOL. But yes you can be allergic to yourself. When your immune system does not work correctly it effects the whole body. Obviously. You need to get to a good Dr. Willing to listen to you and believe you to determine which auto immune disease you have. There will be other symptoms so that will help in finding how to treat your condition. Hope this helps a little. I know everyone’s pain literally everyday. My skin is so sensitive that the hair also acts like splinters and gets stuck in my skin along with everything else in this world. Ouch!!!! Hang in there. Your not alone.

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