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Old July 10th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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Odd Allergy(ies)

I don't know why I've been thinking about this but, when I was in college I knew a girl who was allergic to water. Acutally, she had an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the water - she'd break out in a rash. I found out after she washed dishes & didn't wear gloves - her hands were covered with hives.



What "odd" allergies have you heard about?




(She had to use a filter on the showerhead & take very short showers)
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Old July 10th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

DD's horseback riding instructor is allergic to sun. She has to wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hat always when she's outside. Not good when you own a horse farm in Texas.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 09:54 AM
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

The first time dd had a severe reaction to a little band-aid! Holey moley. The entire ankle was red where this small latex bandaid had been. You could see the imprint of the bandaid etched into the red swollen skin - down to the tiny holes on the sticky ends.
Unreal and frightening.
Then came a reaction to Cephalosporin antibiotics (how?) as a teen, and more recently finding she has an intolerance to gluten an allergy to some dairy, and mosquito bites became large, inflamed lumps that require days to heal.

I am looking into water filters to get rid of fluoride mostly for drinking and chlorine for bathing. Organic and gluten free foods is what we eat now. Our air is mostly filtered. Chemical use is DOWN, only green products for personal/house/clothing. Even those uber expensive low voc paints only.

She has been feeling much better and reactions are far and few!!
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Old July 10th, 2010, 10:23 AM
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

an ex-boyfriend of mine was allergic to ink ... I didnt know this and was messing around with a pen , you know trying to draw on his arm and he totally freaked out cos I 'got him' .. it was the tiniest of marks but the area around where the tiny ink line was came up in a lump and turned really red
I felt awful but at the same time felt he was to blame cos all he had to do when we were play-fighting was say im allergic to ink and id have stopped , but he didnt

Nothing to do with allergies but the same bf was terrified of buttons
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Old July 10th, 2010, 12:08 PM
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

off topic - Maura - FIY some chewing gums use gluten to make that white powery coating that keeps it from sticking to the wrapper & most spices use gluten to help them "flow" (ex MIL had some issues and she had to watch a lot of stuff - gluten was eventally ruled out as the cause though)
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Old July 12th, 2010, 01:42 PM
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off topic - Maura - FIY some chewing gums use gluten to make that white powery coating that keeps it from sticking to the wrapper & most spices use gluten to help them "flow" (ex MIL had some issues and she had to watch a lot of stuff - gluten was eventally ruled out as the cause though)
Thank you so much snafu. She/we even have to watch for personal care products *many hair conditioners use wheat. I had no idea. Now, gum? The stuff is everywhere.


She gets terrible sores in her mouth with many of the gluten foods and then she gets grouchy. She is bummed when friends' invites are to restaurants, pubs, places where gluten is lurking. She hates to constantly explain why she is only eating dry lettuce/veggies or skinless chicken, but that's life. She says she's tired of being the freak of the group.
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

Maura - do you want me to check with (ex) MIL to see if she remember's what brand of spice she could use?
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

That's awful, Maura. (((hugs to dd))) I worked for a man who had celiac disease but did not know it. It was awful before he found out, but trying to manage it often seemed more challenging than the pain from eating gluten.
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Re: Odd Allergy(ies)

ex went to college with 2 girls whose allergies = a very unique pizza order (as soon as they ordered "pizza world" knew where to deliver)

Their pizza.....
1/2 without cheese, the other 1/2 without sauce
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I'm allergic to balloons! I had a party when I was six with balloons and my eyes were literally streaming. Bit disappointing as I love balloons.
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