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What are you allergic to?

Asked by MilkyWay (13723points) April 21st, 2011

Just wanted to know. I was watching a programme a few days ago and it said people who live on farms or the countryside have a very small chance of developing allergies, whilst people who live in cities are more prone to getting them. They also said that in the United Kingdom, the percentage of people having allergies is rising 5% every year, much too fast to be just genetic.
So, what are you allergic to?

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ucme's avatar

I’m going to give the same answer to this as I always do…...Pain! :¬(

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I grew up on a farm and spent all kinds of time around the dust, molds etc and I have allergies out the butt. I have a corticolsteriod (sp) spray I use every day. I can’t mow my own lawn without a nasty reaction.
Are you asking about drug allergies as well?

Seelix's avatar

Penicillin. I think. I’ve never been tested, but both of my parents are allergic, so they just decided better safe than sorry.

I can’t wear jewelry that’s not gold (or plastic). I had my ears pierced when I was little and it was a disaster. I haven’t tried platinum or titanium, though I’ve been tempted.

My skin is pretty sensitive to bath products and soaps, but I think that’s because I’m prone to eczema and some things just exacerbate it.

I get sneezy in the spring, but that’s about it.

AmWiser's avatar

I’m not allergic to anything that I know of, I guess I passed all any allergy genes to my kids; one is allergic to grass and one is allergic to gold.

hug_of_war's avatar

Cats and nickel. Neither is that serious, but my ears swell and turn red and start producing pus within an hour of wearing earrings with even minute amounts of nickel in them. I don’t like cats so that allergy doesn’t bother me. Mostly I just sneeze a lot if I’m exposed to them for a while. I didn’t even realiize it until I volunteered at the humane sooiety. Not surprising though, my dad has much worse allergies than me (and asthma) and my cousin is severely allergic to cats and dogs (multiple hospitalizations).

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Nickel and I wake up sneezing once in awhile.From what,I’m not sure.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Poison Ivy.

bkcunningham's avatar

Sulpha drugs, cabbage, dog dander, pine pollen and dust mites.

Cruiser's avatar

Pennicillin, dust mites, ironing ans sorting socks. Break out in hives and sneeze non-stop.

cazzie's avatar

I’m allergic to penicillin and shell fish. When I move to a new location, I will get a bit of spring allergies, as I adapt to the new pollens, but after a few years they go away. Shellfish is the worst. I really miss it.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Medication: Percocet.

Outdoors: Tons of different pollens, grasses, trees, and animals.

Indoors: Dust, smoke, animals, and molds.

When I last had the allergy skin test on my back, nearly all of the things they were testing for had a reaction. It was horrible. I tried allergy shots for a year (3 different serums) and it didn’t help any. :-(

My allergies seem to get worse the older I get. They weren’t this bad when I was younger (we even had dogs and cats when I was a kid). Now, if I go into a house that has a dog/cat in it, I’m wheezing, itching, and my eyes are watering within an hour of being there. I have to take medicine just to visit friends and family and carry my rescue inhaler with me at all times while visiting. I can’t cut the grass or be outside while it is being cut without itching and wheezing. If I were to try to cut the grass, I’d have to wear one of those heavy duty ventilation masks to keep from breathing it in and even then I’d be itching and wheezing shortly into it.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Cruiser my husband shares your allergies and has a few other allergictohouseholdchores. His symptoms are intense when exposed.

beckk's avatar

Penicillin and Hydrocodon.
I have sensitive skin so a lot of face cleansers cause me to break out in a rash. (Benzol Peroxide, Solodyn).

dxs's avatar

@Cruiser you iron your socks?

Cruiser's avatar

@dxs Doesn’t everybody??

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My s/o and I are allergic to ironing boards and irons.

dxs's avatar

@Cruiser I’ve never heard of that!

Cruiser's avatar

@dxs A bit of advice…if you do iron them don’t use starch! ;)

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@noelleptc What does amoxyicillin do to you? It turned me purple. ( had toI look up the spelling before I answered)

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dxs's avatar

I am allergic to latex and some medications that I used to take.

cazzie's avatar

Oh.. that’s right, I’m allergic to Latex too. I worked in an office that put covers on the keyboards and my finger tips peeled. Gross.

dxs's avatar

@cazzie I got these pink and white bumps all over my wrists from wearing latex gloves. Some swelled up into these blood red blisters. It also spread to my upper legs and throat. It itched so badly!!!!

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t consider myself to have any environmental (plants, dust, animals) or food allergies. I do feel kind of icky when I eat a lot of garlic. I also during very very bad ragweed season sometimes feel a mild headachy thing, but it is nothing really. Not sure if it is the ragweed or maybe the time of year when barometric pressure changes a lot. I actually had allergy testing a long time ago for plants, dust, animals, foods, and not one reaction, nothing. I told the doctor it would be a waste of money.

I do have some contact dermititis issues. I am sensitive to latex, some adhesives, and some sort of biological/plant something or other in some creams and shampoos. When a cosmetic product boasts plant extracts I seem to have a 50/50 chance it might irritate my skin. Some products that do are biolage shampoo, and a plant serum lotion made by Chanel. I do know that aloe is no problem, but not sure what is the problem. I actually had contact dermititis testing once for chemical sensitivities and the only problem I had was the tape/sticky part that holds the chemicals down, like a bandaid, was red and reactive on every patch. Probably either latex or the adhesive. I can only use Nexcare bandaids.

JLeslie's avatar

Oh, and medications, I forgot. I am allergic to about 5 medications.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@noelleptc I saw that in the side affects when I looked up the spelling. My stomach was fine, but from my neck down everything turned the color of a plum.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

How about the rest of us get together and give stardust a beatdown.
Or at least a bad head cold.

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downtide's avatar

Tree pollen gives me hayfever. I have an intolerance to dairy protein but it’s not an allergy.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I’m allergic to grass. I break out into hives if my skin touches too much of it. Fresh cut grass is usually what gets to me.

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

I’m allergic to boredom and bs. That’s about it.

Rarebear's avatar

Beer. It’s a great irony in my life.

peridot's avatar

Penicillin. Also have hayfever, but it’s never been truly awful… just lots of sudden dry hacking and feeling like my head’s stuffed with a cotton-and-Jello mixture. This year’s been a mutha for that…

everephebe's avatar

Onions. Well… and idiots too, they both give me headaches.
Oh and was born and raised in a fairly rural area.

knitfroggy's avatar

I have bad seasonal allergies. Pretty much from around late March until the first freeze in the fall, I’m miserable. If I forget to take my Claritin, I sneeze and dig my eyes all day. I have two cats and one sits on me and I’m just fine, but if the other sits on me, where ever his fur was in contact with my skin I get hives and my eyes feel like they have sand in them, so I think I’m allergic to him also.

I’m also allergic to Sulfa drugs, Morphine and Penicillin. Thankfully, I have no food allergies, tho walnuts make my mouth very sore, so I wonder if that isn’t some sort of allergy. I don’t like them, so I don’t worry about it too much.

dxs's avatar

@everephebe I don’t really know exactly where you were going when you said you were born and raised in a rural area, but if that meant constantly being exposed to unions, then that could make perfect sense that you are allergic to them (If you developed the allergy). That’s what happens when you become overexposed to something. My brother developed a cat allergy after 11 years of having a cat.

everephebe's avatar

@dxs from the OP:
Just wanted to know. I was watching a programme a few days ago and it said people who live on farms or the countryside have a very small chance of developing allergies, whilst people who live in cities are more prone to getting them. They also said that in the United Kingdom, the percentage of people having allergies is rising 5% every year, much too fast to be just genetic.

dxs's avatar

@everephebe Oh, I thought you grew up on an onion farm…nevermind :)

everephebe's avatar

@dxs hahaha… Oh, no, I would have died.

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Axemusica's avatar


…& Stupidity.

everephebe's avatar

@Stefaniebby Water? Really? So which one are you? Known cases:

The best known case of this disease is Ashleigh Morris, a 21 year old female from Melbourne, Australia, who suffers from Aquagenic urticaria. She has a severe version of the condition, reacting heavily to any contact with water and even sweat. According to the article, she had an acute case of tonsillitis. She was prescribed a heavy dose of penicillin, which was enough to change her body’s natural histamine levels.[4]
Hannah Kaminsky, 17 year old female from pittsburgh, pa with severe aquagenic urticaria, signs of progression continue as age increases, cold water initiates anaphylactic reactions, unaffected by medication to relieve symptoms
Mrs. Sheren Gul, mother of two children is a known case of aquagenic urticaria. She has to use antihistamines to relieve her symptoms. (Notes from Larkana, Pakistan)
Mr. Behram, 12 years old has to use prickly heat powder to keep him off that itch after getting bath. (Notes from Larkana, Pakistan)
Miss. Nalecia Myers, 25 year old woman is another known case of this disease. She itches for up to 30 minutes at a time after taking a bath, sweating, or even if the humidity or temperature changes. (Notes from Kingston, Jamaica)

shego's avatar

I’m allergic to
Certain types of grass
Birds, it’s a newer one

Stefaniebby's avatar

@everephebe Hahah, I’m none of those. I have a small, rare case water urticaria (also linked with Aquagenic pruritus) where any water that is not tap water (Rain water, pool water, lake water, snow), humidity, and extreme temperature changes makes me break out In rashes and hives. I try to let it not get the best of me though! My family owns a cabin on a Lake so I’m pretty used to the hives and such after years of not knowing it was actually a skin condition. I went almost 13 years thinking I just had really dry skin! I now have some type of cream to ease the burning and itching from interaction of water but I hardly ever use it because I’m so used to it and the smell is awful.

everephebe's avatar

@Stefaniebby Wow, that really sucks, I’m sorry. : (

FluffyChicken's avatar

shellfish, aspirin, aleve, ibuprofen, pollen, and all things cute and fluffy.

gondwanalon's avatar

Perhaps I’m slightly allergic to a small few substances but I never admit it or acknowledge them. Because to do so is to weaken myself and give the so called allergy power. Also it spares those around me the pain of listening to me whine about it.

dxs's avatar

@everephebe what do they drink to survive, then??

@Stefaniebby any particular reason it’s tap water that you are immune to and everything else you aren’t?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@gondwanalon I understand what you are saying. Please realize that there are times when it is appropriate to mention an allergy. A participant in one of our classes could have potentially died if she had not told us that she was allergic to peanuts and had potentially consumed some. The EMT and hospital staff were able to save her life because she shared this information before it was too late.

everephebe's avatar

@dxs I’m hardly an expert and neither is wiki but here is what they say:
Aquagenic urticaria, also known as water urticaria and aquagenous urticaria, is an incredibly rare diagnosed form of physical urticaria. It is sometimes described as an allergy, although it is not a true histamine releasing allergic reaction like other forms of urticaria. It causes a painful reaction to the body when in contact with water.

[edit] Symptoms

Aquagenic urticaria usually causes the skin to itch and burn after being exposed to water of any kind. The skin may develop hives which are itchy, raised bumps. Showers may result in severely dry eyes and soreness. Higher water temperatures tend to expedite the formation of hives. Shortness of breath or swelling in the throat can occur when drinking water. The pain usually persists for between 10–120 minutes.[1]
[edit] Causes

Contact with any form of water can cause symptoms to appear. One’s own or someone else’s sweat can cause a reaction, so it’s best to stay cool in summer to avoid sweating as much as possible. Tears on one’s face from crying can also cause pain. Most people with Aquagenic urticaria try to stay out of the rain and carry umbrellas to take caution so they won’t get wet. Cleansing the body is so intense that affected people may take very short showers to slow down the severity of the pain.[2]

There is no known treatment for Aquagenic urticaria. Dermatologists recommend staying out of water as much as possible. Taking short showers, staying cool, and avoiding rain help to ease symptoms. Doctors have prescribed antihistamines, Zostrix, and other types of medications to help calm down the flare.

@Stefaniebby even with your minor case, I hope they develop a treatment for you soon!

dxs's avatar

Owch it must kill you eyes to cry…and not being able to take good showers…that’s harsh. But again, what do they drink? Wiki says nothing and I couldn’t really find anything off the spot.

Stefaniebby's avatar

@dxs is doesn’t hurt when I cry or drink water, ;). I never have gotten the hives on my face, just my body. Doctors never told me why water from tap doesn’t bother me, I never really asked. But I’m thinking it’s because tap water isn’t polluted from the air like rain is. But that’s just what I think, I could be completely wrong. I’ll ask when I go into the Doc’s next time and see what they have to say. :)

gondwanalon's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I was referring to my “slight” allergies not life theatening allergies.

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