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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:15:20 PM
So, for the last few weeks, I've had terrible headaches, and my face has itched until I've wanted to scream. I couldn't figure it out until this week ~ when we took our live Christmas tree out to the curb and thoroughly cleaned up the mess left behind.

Today it occurred to me ~ not a single headache all week! I did some research and found that it could have been the mold on the tree (which grows exponentially the longer it's in the house), the chemicals used to spray the tree before we bought it, etc. Not sure if this was a one-time thing or if I've developed an allergy to all Christmas trees. All I know is that I'm happy to be headache free!

So, what other allergies have you discovered that you wouldn't typically expect? Anyone else allergic to pine or Christmas tree sprays?


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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:22:08 PM
I'm allergic to pine too. It's not that uncommon. I'm glad you figured it out though! Sounds like a miserable few weeks.

My weird one is raw apples. They make my mouth itch, nose run, and breathing get funky. I love them too! Thankfully, I can eat them cooked. Baked apples are delish.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:22:42 PM
Artificial tree here - for a reason - ALLERGIES!! Christmas used to be murder. My Mom finally gave in one year and got an artificial tree. No Christmas sickness!



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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:24:54 PM

My weird one is raw apples. They make my mouth itch, nose run, and breathing get funky. I love them too! Thankfully, I can eat them cooked. Baked apples are delish.


You may want to get tested for birch pollen. It is cross reactive with apples and will produce the symptoms you describe. It is actually a reaction to the birch (which is treatable). You may want to give that a look if you want some apples back.



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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:27:57 PM
Yvonne, I am allergic to birch too, so that makes sense. How is it treatable? I take Zyrtec and Zyrtec-D daily now. I've had years of allergy shots to no avail. I just keep developing new allergies as I get older. I'm a sensitive soul.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:33:57 PM
I'm allergice to junipers and cedars. Not quite the same as pine but still problematic in this part of the world.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:41:40 PM
My DH is allergic to mushrooms, maple syrup, aged cheese, kalamata type olives...basically anything with mold or fungus. We finally figured out that he wasn't allergic to Cajun food, but to the Tony Chachere's seasoning that our family was using; apparently one of the spices in the mix has some sort of mold or fungus on it.

He's also allergic to penicillin.

I started developing drug allergies a few years ago. First I reacted to penicillin, then to a Zpack and finally to Cyclosporine. I only take antibiotics if I absolutely have to now.

The weirdest thing I ever had a reaction to was a jackfruit or durian. I bought one for the kids to try after it was mentioned in their math book from Singapore Math. When I cut into it and reached inside to pull out the bread like filling, my hand swelled so big and so fast, we had to cut the thing completely open to get my hand out. Apparently durians have a large amount of latex in the outer part and it was enough to push my latex sensitivity into a full blown reaction.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:41:45 PM
Don't get me near an avocado Not sure if it's considered unusual or not, but my throat itches and I get violently sick within an hour.










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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:46:38 PM
I was allergic to school dinner stuffed apples and intra-venous iodine. Some bread products cause part of my mouth to feel red raw for about 10 mins but it's not serious enough to send me to the doctors.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:48:41 PM
It's weird I don't have a thing.....but my sister has an reaction to watermelon and a few other citrus fruit (not all just some) from what I remember...

I could say I am allergic to all veggies.... yep...veggies..



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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:50:00 PM
I'm allergic to the skin of the orange.If someone peels an orange near me
my face will start to itch and then I become short of breath and start coughing. I have to remove my self from the area.

If you peeled the orange outside and came in with just the segments I can eat it. I can drink orange juice.I just cannot be around the peel.

This also applies to all the cleaners made with orange too.





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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:32:07 PM
Carob and Ricotta Cheese both leaves welts in my mouth that hurt for DAYS.



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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:34:44 PM
I broke out in hives this afternoon after I spent an hour shoveling snow in the rain/sleet. It's a reaction to the exercise/cold/wetness that I get. It has to be that combination. I can exercise in the cold, I can exercise in the wet, but not the combination of the two.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:35:14 PM
I am allergic to most evergreens. I can walk by a pine tree, touch it and have welts on my arms within 10 minutes. Over Christmas I broke out in huge itchy welts all over and my face itched liked crazy. We keep live evergreens out of our house, but you can't really avoid them during the holidays. Happens to me every year. I am also allergic to poinsettias.




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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:38:19 PM
I'm allergic to gluten, not Celiacs. It got progressively worse after each of my pregnancies. It started with abdominal swelling and progressed to facial swelling (eyes, nose, ears, and throat.)

I'm allergic to Ibuprofen/Motrin. It gives me hives, even under my fingernails...gross.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:45:09 PM
My dad seems to be developing an allergy to corn on the cob. Eating it off the cob is fine, but something about the rubbing of the husk causes swelling, itching, and a giant red sore area. I find it fascinating, and a little bit sad. Because my dad is the most methodical corn on the cob eater you've ever seen.



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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:47:26 PM
My MIL gave us a bunch of stuff from DH's childhood a few years ago. When we sorted through it, there were results from allergy testing when he was a kid in the 70s.

There were two things he tested as "highly allergic" to and they both crack me up:

chicken - Who is allergic to chicken? He certainly isn't because we eat it a couple times a week. His mom never stopped giving it to him after the allergy tests either LOL

Dacron - funny to me that they tested for Dacron. How much more 70s can you get??

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Posted: 1/16/2013 5:56:42 PM
My husband is allergic to pine. And gin (which comes from juniper plants - same family, I believe). His father, his sister, and our niece also have the allergy.

It's been so long since I've had a real tree in my house I forget that people have them!! Lol

Thankfully I don't have allergies. I'm almost certain I'm not allergic to poison ivy or oak. I've touched them but never "gotten" it.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:14:07 PM
DS's guinea pig. I had guinea pigs as a teen and older. We've had piggy for a year now. In the past few months if I touch her I get hives, have trouble breathing and my eyes start itching so bad I can't see. I've learned to dope myself up once a week when he needs help cleaning her cage. Even then things get progress.

I don't want to get rid of her, but it getting close to an almost anaphylactic reaction.


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I broke out in hives this afternoon after I spent an hour shoveling snow in the rain/sleet. It's a reaction to the exercise/cold/wetness that I get. It has to be that combination. I can exercise in the cold, I can exercise in the wet, but not the combination of the two.



hmmm sounds like something similar to what I experience... allergic to running! lol.

It's high-impact exercise, especially although not exclusively in the cold that gets me. So walking downhill or running especially- I don't break out, but my legs get intolerably itchy. Not on the surface, either- it's like my muscles are on fire. So, so weird. Never have figured out the reason.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:28:07 PM
I'm allergic to live Christmas trees and to shellfish. I don't miss a live tree at all -- they're a mess to clean up after. However, I'd really love a shrimp cocktail!


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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:28:56 PM

I've had years of allergy shots to no avail. I just keep developing new allergies as I get older. I'm a sensitive soul.
Me too!

as a kid i was allergic to pollens, dust mites, grasses, trees

mid twenties- became very sensitive and intolerant of dairy (insomnia and extreme urinary frequency( and oranges (uncontrollable crying spells)
mid thirties - became violently ill every time I ate fish
mid forties - wheat, cinnamon and coffee cause my asthma to flare

there are some meds I cannot take, then others that I react oddly to, as in non-sedating Claritin makes me a weepy zombie, Benadryl, which puts most people to sleep, revs me up.

I am very allergic to a lot of plants and need to spend three months every spring and three months every fall, largely indoors. Pine trees are a huge problem for me too....

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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:29:43 PM

It's high-impact exercise, especially although not exclusively in the cold that gets me. So walking downhill or running especially- I don't break out, but my legs get intolerably itchy. Not on the surface, either- it's like my muscles are on fire. So, so weird. Never have figured out the reason.
Same here. My dr said it was sweat that I'm actually allergic to - which is weird because it also happens when I'm swimming (that cold/wet/exercize combo!) and I don't think I sweat then. hummmmm.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:38:36 PM
I'm allergic to apples, and then this summer I was at a local farmstand, and I was given a peach to taste. It was awesome. And I was very allergic. I had to use my epi pen, it was not fun.

I ended up getting tested, and I'm allergic to potato gas too. I can eat cooked potatoes, but I can't peel them, I get covered in hives and I gag and choke on the gas they put off when peeling them. I can't even be around when they are being peeled.

I'm also allergic to almonds, and other tree nuts.

It's just no fun!



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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:42:29 PM
Kewi fruit! Mouth tingles and swells, lips swell, nasty.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:47:56 PM
My dh has the hives like those of you from exercise and extremes in temperature.He has an added issue of his blood pressure dropping so he feels faint and has passed out on one occasion.

Web MD defines it as Physical urticaria: Hives caused by direct physical stimulation of the skin -- for example, cold, heat, sun exposure, vibration, pressure, sweating, and exercise. The hives usually occur right where the skin was stimulated and rarely appear anywhere else. Most of the hives appear within one hour after exposure.






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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:55:39 PM
I get itchy when I work out too. My arms are a mess of scratches when I get off the elliptical at the gym. It's worse when I exercise outside in the cold, but it still happens inside year round.

I'm allergic to tree and grass pollens, mold, ragweed, mildew, all furry and some hairy animals, feathers, peanuts, tree nuts, apples, stinging insects, wool, dust, and some wines (sulfites maybe?). I react to stone fruits when pollen is high or I'm not on enough meds. Latex makes me feel weird...not allergic really, but anxious and short of breath. I try to avoid it. I have to limit citrus fruits and tomatoes because they make my mouth burn and get sores. Some lotions randomly give me hives or make my face swell up.

I'm also gluten intolerant. It's not an allergy, but an inflammatory response, so similar. When I had an upper GI, the lining of my intestine was messed up from gluten...damage and inflammation.

If I didn't know myself, I'd think I was a hypochondriac! I'm really just a mess of jacked up immune responses to the world around me. I'm having a personal bubble designed as we speak.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:05:07 PM
Peajays, I have the exact same reaction to avocado. And, grossly, my throat gets itchy again, after I vomit the darn thing back up. This has only been happening for a few years. I miss guacamole!
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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:09:25 PM
I'm allergic to raw tomatoes, they make my mouth tingle and itch, cooked tomatoes aren't an issue.

I'm also allergic to all fish and shellfish. VERY allergic. Each time I have an exposure it gets one step worse. I've had shrimp and tried various seafood as a kid, just very small bits without a problem but when I was pregnant with my DD it got exponentially worse. My XH broiled fish in the oven and I cleaned up the pan and my hands swelled up, got tingly, turned bright red, and itched like crazy. I was working one day and went to this place and had a Philly with fries. Twenty minutes later I was having a hard time breathing and gave myself some Epi. I can only imagine something was cross contaminated with seafood of some kind. Another day at work my partner got fried catfish and the odor of it was enough to make me start wheezing.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:13:42 PM
I am allergic to aloe - do you have any idea how many products have aloe in them! I am also allergic to neomycin, (the main ingredient in things like bacitracin), rhubarb, nickel and very acidic strawberries and tomatoes.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:16:01 PM
When we were on vacation in Alaska last summer, I had a severe allergic reaction to what I thought was salmon, after I ate a bowl of salmon chowder. I was covered in hives from head to toe and developed big red spots on my legs the size of pencil erasers for a day or two. I steered clear of all seafood for the rest of the vacation!

When I got home, my primary doc tested me and I tested negative for a salmon allergy. I was so upset since I had this very obvious reaction. After a conversation with my cardiologist in which she suggested it could be something as obscure as the wood the salmon was smoked in, I had an appointment with an allergist who found that I am seriously allergic to alder wood, which crosses with birch, among other things.

I have also developed an allergy to tree nuts, almonds being the worst, but not peanuts. Apples also give me some trouble, though not anything serious.

Today I had a reaction to something in a rubber band I was messing with... My hands were itching and felt swollen, and I had obviously touched my face because it started itching and some places turned a little red.

My allergies are developing now, in my middle 50's...I've never had issues before!



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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:57:15 PM

I am allergic to aloe - do you have any idea how many products have aloe in them!

^^^^This!

Bananas give me hives all over my feet. I also have an allergy to ragweed and its relatives like watermelon. Any kind of melon or cantaloupe has me itching in seconds just by touching it.



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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:58:32 PM
I'm not really allergic to anything, but my brother in law is allergic to chicken! Who is ever allergic to chicken?


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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:59:07 PM
I am highly allergic to pine..can't do the tree or the candle scent....



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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:13:07 PM
I developed a serious allergy to grapefruit last year. I can never eat grapefruit again. I broke out in huge, (like 2-3 inch), hive/welts all over the back of my thighs and starting up my rear end. They were hot and itchy, and sore. I sat with ice packs under my thighs for relief.

I'm also allergic to the epi included in the dental numbing shots. I have to remember to tell them, no epi. The epi helps the numbing agent work faster, better, and longer, so I usually have to have more shots during any procedure... That's so much fun. I guess I should be happy I'm not allergic to the numbing shots, now that would be awful.


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I am allergic to pop rocks candy. I break out in hives terribly if I eat it. I am also allergic to erythromycin.
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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:18:20 PM

Yvonne, I am allergic to birch too, so that makes sense. How is it treatable? I take Zyrtec and Zyrtec-D daily now. I've had years of allergy shots to no avail. I just keep developing new allergies as I get older. I'm a sensitive soul.


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Same here. My dr said it was sweat that I'm actually allergic to - which is weird because it also happens when I'm swimming (that cold/wet/exercize combo!) and I don't think I sweat then. hummmmm.



Huh. Interesting- I know it's not the sweat because I can do other forms of exercise (biking, rollerblading, swimming) without any problems- it's only the walking/running for me. I guess I am allergic to running! Also, it's not as bad when it's warm, so you'd think you'd sweat more in the heat and therefore have a worse reaction.

I saw a dr about it once, and they thought maybe it was stenosis, but I had an MRI and it wasn't that. So who knows?


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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:41:16 PM
i have alot of allergies also. grr. they didnt devope until in was 51... before that, only peanuts. now molds dust, pollen big time. so spring and fall i stay inside alot. however i have been doing 2 shots a week for a couple of years, and not down to every 2 weeks, so will see what this spring brings and if i can stay at that dose or have to return to every week... even some candles fragrances will set me off. my kids tell me i need a bubble also!!!

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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:04:08 PM
Beer and wine. And now just about any malt beverage. *sob*


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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:06:14 PM
for me (my sis and dh makes fun of me for it) when I exercise, well mainly run, I get red and itchy all over. As if I am allergic to sweat.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:31:48 PM
I have several food allergies that are so random I hardly ever try anything new because I hate to vomit. I'm allergic to vanilla milkshakes, fritos, chilli, sloppy joes, most pizza, anything spicy, and corn dogs just to name a few. In elementary school I only ate school lunch on hamburger day but started puking every Thursday so I had to stop eating school lunch. Months later I tried again and was fine. I can have pizza for breakfast and won't puke until I'm asleep, normally between midnight and 2am.

I used to eat kolaches a couple times a week in high school but broke out in a rash and had to be sent home within 30 minutes of class starting one day. No more kolaches that year.

My ds has similar allergies but his are contact. He's not allergic to cinnamon but swells when he has cinnamon butter at a local cafe. He does the same thing with the cheese and breadsticks from Kraft.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:34:24 PM
My husband developed a strange rash on his arms. He went to the doctor three times, got various creams, etc., and was about to be referred to a dermatologist ($$$) when I finally hit the right combination of symptoms in a Google search.

It was sucralose! He's allergic to the artificial sweetener in Splenda.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:28:26 AM
Chocolate. It takes me out the next day, my body just can't take it anymore.

Then, there is the dying Christmas tree, dust, dander, you name it. But chocolate makes many peoples mouth drop.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:40:43 AM

for me (my sis and dh makes fun of me for it) when I exercise, well mainly run, I get red and itchy all over. As if I am allergic to sweat
They should stop making fun of you!
Exercise induced anaphylaxis is a rare but very real condition.
LINK
Of course I'm not saying you definitely have it, but it is probably worth being a bit careful or mentioning to a doctor sometime.

Judie in Oz
PEAing Upside Down

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Loc: Down Under

Posted: 1/17/2013 4:40:56 AM
I'm allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs. This only started after DS#1 was born. My mother, brother and two DSs are allergic to penicillin too. I am also allergic to pine and pine-scented products, and krill oil.

DS#1 is allergic to pineapple. Took us a long time to figure that out but he now hasn't had it in 15 years or so.

DS#1 is allergic to mango skin. He can eat the flesh, but not touch the skin. He also gets a reaction to kiwi fruit, but still eats them!

Judie

sportymom
BucketHead

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Loc: At a softball game somewhere!

Posted: 1/17/2013 5:18:09 AM
Caramel coloring. It makes me cough for hours. So no Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, bbq sauce, etc. It is in a lot of foods.

SM

knit.pea
. cheeky cousin .

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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:08:32 AM
busypea, my 1970s allergy testing (red marker) indicated
I was allergic to camel ...

My mom had a camel-hair winter coat (I know!!!), and the big
family joke was me not getting near her coat.

I also had dust/pollen/grasses allergies that I had shots for.

Oh, and at school they had to move my seat from near the classroom
Christmas tree because I reacted to that.



DanaLZ
StuckOnPeas

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Loc: Peatown, WI

Posted: 1/17/2013 7:39:45 AM
I'm allergic to sulfa drugs but it's not the usual hives that most people get. Mine is a headache that will put me in bed for days. My mom has the same reaction.

My brother is allergic to port wine spreadable cheese but he can eat cheese and drink wine with no problems.

For the pea who thought the chicken allergy was crazy, my DH's god daughter is allergic to all poultry and eggs as well as soy and peanuts. She has a very limited diet.


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