Re: Guest Post - Allergies


Radiolab did a piece on the meat allergy tick a while back, which is where I first heard about it. Never been more grateful to live in a city.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 7:42 AM
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I was raised in Nebraska and am allergic to corn pollen.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 7:51 AM
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Since high school I have had constantly itchy, red eyes for a month and a half through April and May that makes me very irritable and unproductive. I haven't seen an allergenist as I've always gotten pushback from my GP. My best guess based on years of watching pollen trends is that it's due to maple, which is basically unavoidable in the eastern US.

Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 8:01 AM
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Insert bad Sonny Bono joke.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 8:07 AM
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I didn't see that coming, but in fairness neither did he.

Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 8:12 AM
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Two bad Sonny Bono jokes is better.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 8:14 AM
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It's nice that you guys can Cher.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 8:26 AM
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Three is just excessive.

Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 8:30 AM
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I got two, Babe.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 10:25 AM
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But you can't have the second until it clears copyright in the year 2153.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 10:26 AM
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I didn't know about the picking up sensitivity by skin contact thing - not just the meat allergy ticks, they also cite longitudinal studies associating peanut allergies with use of skin preparations including peanut oil, and wheat allergy with use of facial soap containing hydrolyzed wheat proteins.

But then we have the new finding on the opposite with peanut ingestion warding off peanut allergies. How does that square, I wonder. Maybe encountering the same proteins externally, and in a more artificial formulation, somehow fools the immune system into thinking it's something that must be protected against, but not internally.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 10:45 AM
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I have a chronic allergy to something. My sinuses are basically tiny swollen malfunctioning pieces of crap most of the time. It doesn't manifest as full on hay-fever, though.

I have seen specialists, and been tested. Basically, when they didn't get a hit on the top 20 or so allergens, they gave up. I'm supposed to use steroid sprays and anti-histamines, always. But I can never really stay motivated to keep it up.

Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 11:07 AM
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I've heard about nurses developing latex allergies, and how big a career problem that can be.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 11:12 AM
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Mrs y had a room mate who was studying dentistry and developed a latex allergy. Basically she had to go back to square one and study something entirely lab based.

Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 11:44 AM
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Central Texans complain a lot about allergies - "everyone who moves here gets them eventually!"

Yeah, it's a truism that everyone gets them within 4-5 years of moving here. (I did -- first time I was allergic to anything -- but they're not bad.) It's what we complain about when we want a break from complaining about traffic and those damn SXSW'ers taking over half the city.

Some people are true marytrs to cedar fever, though, when the mountain cedar (actually a juniper) explodes with pollen. The symptoms seriously suck.

Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 11:56 AM
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11. I haven't yet gone looking for peanut or gal-alpha allergy frequency over time outside the US, but the direction that I'll try reading more about is disruption of barrier function of the skin during sedentary indoor childhood.

allergens ... that penetrate the skin if the barrier function is disturbed. Same defects in barrier function are genetic, e.g. filaggrin, but in addition barriers can be disrupted by eczema or by excessive washing

I suspect that something about living indoors combined with frequent washing activates a general dermal immune response, rather than the ingredients in particular soap or cream. Peanut and wheat proteins may just be the compounds that a sensitized immune system detects most effectively. I could be wrong.

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 12:26 PM
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My skin remains over sensitive to virtually everything, but my allergies in general have improved a ton since moving to the Midatlantic. They were terrible in the Midwest, and pretty bad in FL.

Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 1:32 PM
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