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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:46:47 AM
Within the past few months I've developed an allergy to eye shadow. I've tried 4 different brands now. I just switched to Clinique this week, this is my 2nd day wearing it and this morning my lids are itching....I bet by tonight I've got swelled up eyes. Weirdest thing ever.

Guess I'm stuck with eye liner and mascara. I have a very fair complexion, I NEED that eye shadow!!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:52:33 AM
I'm allergic to plastic - or at least some of them. I've bought probably half a dozen different coffee cups and I get a horrible rash when i drink out of them. I finally found one that the lid is ceramic and I don't have a problem.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:55:19 AM
I'm allergic to the skin of mangos. There is an oil similar to poison ivy - and I'm highly allergic to poison ivy. I can eat the meat of the fruit, just can't touch it.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:14:25 AM
Only Codene. Although I am very sensitive to poison ivy and oak. I will break out all over if just one little leaf touches me.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:32:03 AM
I am allergic to gold. Gold earrings make my ears swell like crazy, and rings and necklaces make my skin break out into blisters.

I married into an Indian family. They love their gold and it is the standard gift for all occasions. Do you have any idea how much gold I have and I can't wear any of it!

I have never tried goldshlager or eating gold leaf so I don't know if it is only topical. Don't want to risk it.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:36:51 AM
I'm allergic to raw apples. My lips swell something awful! I always thought it was the pectin but I don't react to anything else with pectin.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:48:21 AM
I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to Aloe. Crazy, since that's often used to treat rashes & cuts. If there's a little in lotion and it's just on my skin, I'm fine. But aloe directly from a plant or just gel-aloe from a bottle, to treat a burn, cut or whatever....I break out and end up worse than whatever I was treating for.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:54:38 AM

chicken - Who is allergic to chicken?

My BFF's dh and one of their kids are allergic to chicken/poultry.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:56:37 AM
Oh and all jewelry. Platinum, white, yellow gold and silver. My ears and fingers well or I get welts on my neck.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:19:45 AM
I don't know if it's an allergy, but I get a nasty, itchy rash right after a bruise on my thighs heals. It has to be on the thigh and it has to be a deep bruise. Superficial ones won't do it. The rash is ring shaped and grows progressively larger with the center healing and the out edges spreading out. It's very, very bizarre.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:06:15 AM
The older I get the more allergies/reactions I develop.

I've always been allergic to cherries. I get hives when I eat them. Grass, dust and pollen have always been on the list, but got better after rounds of allergy shots. I also can't do pine. No real Christmas trees and trips to the mountains usually resort in a pretty massive headache and itchy face.

Then it went to melon. I can tolerate canteloupe if I must but watermelon and honeydew are not good. Ruins most fruit salads...

Next it became deodarant. Huge, huge welts and hives. No fun. Finally I found one that doesn't cause a reaction.

Then cinnamon oil... great, welcomed the Epi pen into my world after one crashing down incident with scented pine cones.

Bandaids or any tape. Try to get an IV and to tell them that it better come with Benadryl. They never believe me and then I'm grossly swollen and broken out where the tape is. Love that...

Next, and totally out of the blue, peaches. My thin little lips became Angelina Jolie-eque. Too bad it hurt or I might eat more peaches. Turns out if you are allergic to cherries, peaches are probably on the list too.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:04:13 PM
I forgot tape! I react to most tapes, like strapping tape, hypo-allergenic tape and steri-strips. I can use a few bandaids, but even some of them are a problem. Not fun at all.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:17:55 PM

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 had no idea potatoes give off gas when being peeled. Is it just in raw form? For example can you eat a baked potato?

and in the random allergy category I'm highly allergic to Rosemary and Cilantro. I also get a bad reaction to ground pork or turkey. I'm convinced it's got to be a preservative or other chemical added when it's ground up as the only time it happens is when I try to eat a turkey burger or hamburger made with pork and beef.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:23:58 PM
I am deathly allergic to sumac. I spent the most miserable summer of my life with a prolonged reaction to that stuff.

I also can't wear metal earrings, must wear a leather-strap watch, and have to paint the inside of my wedding ring with clear polish or it will bother me after a while. Oddly enough, I can wear most necklaces.

DH is allergic to most salad dressings, mayo, mustard, and sauces.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:31:40 PM
I'm allergic to milk and cheese. The only symptom is I develop very small blisters on my legs and/or torso within a few hours of eating cheese or foods containing milk. It took YEARS to figure this out and I LOVE cheese. The reaction makes no sense to me and I often wonder if I have internal blisters as well as the external ones.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 2:41:42 PM
My daughters boyfriend is allergic to poultry. His mom wondered if it was additives so she bought an organic turkey. He was able to eat that.
My son has the apple allergy. His mouth swells up with hive like sores.

This is interesting to read and nice to know you are not the only one.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:08:55 PM
I'm allergic to peeling mangos. I can eat them, I can hold them but if I peel them I get dry raw patches. I looked it up and found some pregnant women get the reaction. I was never pregnant at the time so it was weird.
alcohol makes me break out in hives.

I have severe allergies to various seasonal things. (ragweed, a few trees etc)

The oddest IMO are cockroaches (thankfully never was near enough to have a reaction but it was in the testing panel when I was a teen. I reacted. ick!) and lipstick. This is a new one. The last two years or so anytime I try lipstick or a lip product I get horrible dry, itchy, red spots and a herpe type bump on and around my lips. It looks like my face is peeling off! I found I am able to use some natural products. Burts Bees and a Neutrogenia balm are both fine. Thanks to Google I found out this is pretty common. Too bad because lipstick is the one product I like to wear.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:49:27 PM
My DD is severely allergic to carrots and all other orange veggies
I get head to toe hives from exercise. Not just regular exercise but like running miles type. It's some sort of anaphylactic reaction to the histamine released during strenuous exercise or something

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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:37:06 PM
Add me to the raw apple group! However I can eat them if they are peeled. I get the red puffy burning lips if I eat the peel.

I am also allergic to most trees, grasses, weeds and mold. I live in Florida where the allergy season is January to November. Awesome right?

My car is currently yellow from the pollen that is coming out now. I haven't had any allergy shots since October so I decided to go and start again today. I really hope I avoid becoming a horrible snotty mess this year.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:53:34 PM

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.

You would be surprised how much you sweat when you swim. I swear for years after I stopped swimming all the time I sweated so much that I couldn't wear anything that came anywhere close to my armpits. Took at least 5 years before my sweating went back under control.


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Posted: 1/18/2013 7:50:17 AM
DH is allergic to grapes. The allergy came out of nowhere about 8 years ago after drinking a glass of concord grape juice. His tongue and hands started to swell, he broke out in hives and had trouble breathing. Up until that point he ate grapes with no problem.
This allergy knocks out so many products including balsamic anything!

I'm sensitive to raw almonds with the outer brown "skin". My mouth feels itchy and my tongue swells after eating them..roasted with the skin doesn't bother me though.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 7:46:27 PM
I'm allergic to most things that pollinate, including Christmas trees. I never think about it though until it's too late. (Like this year)

I'm less known in the allergy clinics for what I'm allergic to and more for the atypical reactions that I get to them.

My son's body seems to have a weird sort of memory. He was stung by a yellow jacket on his ankle a couple of years ago. We were about an hour and a half from a hospital so we stuffed him full of benadryll and headed that way. Fortunately he was fine. But he got his allergy shot the following week, and instead of his injection site swelling, it was his ankle that swelled. It looked like he'd been stung again, the welt was at least two inches across.

He's allergic to dogs, and sometimes when he comes in contact with them, the injection site for his allergy shot welts up. It's very bizarre.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 8:37:37 PM
Lilies - those big beautiful ones. can't be anywhere near them.

Discovered it when my boss got a bouquet, she can't stand them, sent them home with me, for the day they were in the house, I was so stuffed up and all, and when I walked out cleared up.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 8:42:42 PM
My brother can eat fruits only if they are cooked. If raw, he reacts badly. My husband is the same way with celery and parsley.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 8:51:40 PM
I get the physical urticaria too! Running, walking, etc. will give me itchy hives on my legs, arms and back. It's not just exercise but vibration too---TMI, but I got them on my butt and lower back once when on a road trip driving over an interstate that badly needed repaving. What works for me is to take Claritin every day...and I mean every day. If I miss a day, I'll get hives in the shower from where the water hits me and/or from toweling off.

I also get painful swelling and rashes from bandage adhesives...have to have paper tape ONLY!!! Yeah, not all nurses get that memo.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 8:57:29 PM
my dh is allergic to betadine...and he has surgeries all the time where they use it a lot...he has a special wristband and everything and still gets it hospital for an extra week..and needs the infectious disease specialist.

I am allergic to many raw veggies..celery, peppers, carrots...
and very allergic to melon, and gourd family.
my dad is allergic to fish, poultry, spices, milk, wheat, soy, safflower, and other things. made cooking in the 1960's fun.

my mom was allergic to mercury,,,tough when a nurse in the 1940's.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:46:51 PM
I also have the ragweed/melons allergy. With meds, I can tolerate the ragweed a bit, but not the melons. Touching and eating melons and cucumbers produces a tingling sensation and rash on exposed areas. I have to shower before bed during ragweed season or I can't sleep from all the sneezing. I am also allergic to bananas and can eat avocado only in small amounts and mixed with something else. I can eat processed banana like banana bread and processed cucumbers such as pickles.

I find it odd that the items I am NOT allergic to are the most common allergens- shellfish, dairy, peanuts, wheat, bee stings, etc.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:55:35 PM
My husband is allergic to Aleve. The first reaction was just itching throat and hives, he took Benedryl and it went away. We weren't sure what caused the reaction we actually thought it was something he ate that day, but could never pin it down.

A year later someone at work gave him Aleve and within minutes his throat had closed. He passed out and began to turn blue. He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and he was fine within a few hours. The doctor said if he was exposed again he probably wouldn't be so lucky even with an epipen.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:14:46 PM
I developed an allergic reaction to broccoli, raw almonds & cantaloupe. Never had a problem before but now if eat any of these I will vomit violently!

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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:16:58 PM
Man, OP! That seems like a pretty extreme reaction! I'm glad you figured it out and will hopefully be feeling better soon.

We started spraying our trees down really well with the hose and letting them dry before bringing them in the house. I think this has helped us quite a bit in terms of sinus issues and any other allergic reactions.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:20:15 PM
So many raw apple allergies! Who knew?!

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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:51:54 PM
Like many of you, I have a ton of allergies the most notable of which is (specifically) oranges (including every part, not just the skin. And yes, it includes all of those wonderful orange cleaners that every store in the world likes to use.) and (generally) citric acid. Did you know that when you donate plasma, the red blood cells are preserved with citric acid? Ask me how I know!

Shellfish will cause me to have an asthma attack and when I tried to take a steroid dose pack a couple of weeks ago, I became so enraged that it was scary. Oh, and codeine has that reaction as well, however only codeine, not codeine based meds.

I have one for you that has NOT been mentioned. Not me, but two of my four daughters are allergic to themselves. Yes, you read that correctly! They develop hives whenever they touch the skin at the base of their throat in particular. Ever tried NOT doing that??

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