Survey Thursday: Allergies?

August 13th, 2009
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So during my trip to Alaska last month, I strangely broke out in hives after taking a jog after dinner. In trying to figure out if it was the shellfish I ate just prior, I set up an appointment with the allergy specialist at my doc's office. For anyone who's ever done this kinda test, it's very strange. They poke your arms up and down with known allergens. The ones that get puffy are the ones you're allergic to. Pretty old school, caveman-kine testing, but hey, it works.

Turns out I'm rather allergic to mold, grass and dust mites (but I'm thinking "who ain't"!?), and fairly allergic to cockroaches. Yeah cockroaches! What the? How the heck did they test that!? Did they prick me with some of their juicy goodness? Yikes!

This interesting life experience led me to today's survey question:

Is yous allergic to anything and if so, what?

Wifey is lactose intolerant (does that count?), and I know of some peeps who are highly allergic to shellfish. I know when I dive around during softball games, my legs and arms get all itchy kine, so grass for me, is one fo sho. And, after that crazy test, I guess I can't mess around too much with any more B52s! Awww, that makes me sad. I'm gonna miss those cute lil' buggahs! Hehe! :P

K, your turn! What you be allergic to yo? ;)

Happy Survey Thursday... Woo Hoo it's almost TGI(F)F!

29 Responses to “Survey Thursday: Allergies?”

  1. Coconut Willy:

    I'm allergic to something in sunblock. Not sure what it is or what brands but it doesn't affect me until the night after I shower. I will break out in a itchy rash mostly on my arms and body. Then I have to take a Benydryl which makes me super drowsy. The problem is I don't know what in the sunblock causes it. It's hit and miss with the brands. And sometimes it affects me more than the other.

    Any MD's out there can give me a free diagnosis?

    Oh yeah, I'm allergic to work also.


  2. matt:

    pollen for me. at home, sometimes, when we cross through the tunnel to the windward side, I can just feel my sinuses filling as I breathe in the mountain air. Up here in cali, spring and fall (for some reason, some trees release a lot of pollen in the fall) can suck rocks. it's gotten better as I've gotten older, though. used to be every year was bad for weeks on end. now, I get it one day a year or so and handle the rest. (did I just bachi myself?)


  3. hemajang:

    Slightly lactose intolerant, milk will blow me up but a little bit of ice cream is good! Slight reaction to shellfish but won't stop me from oysters, lobster & crab. Not sure what it is but instant saimin will guarantee a stomach ache. Other than those foods I can roll around the moldy grass full of dust mites and play with cockroaches, no problem.


  4. frankie:

    I'm an HGEA worker. I'm allergic to working 5 days a week, so I only want to work 4, but with the same amount of pay and benefits.

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090812/BREAKING01/90812074&s=d&page=6

    But seriously, I'm glad I'm not lactose intolerant. When Asians go dairy there's more gas than the middle east!


  5. M:

    Good Morning Ed!

    I think I'm allergic to work, I have a hard time getting up early in the morning and getting out of bed to go to work but I have no problems getting up early on my days off. :)


  6. matt:

    also, slightly lactose intolerant, but the lactaid tablets work for me. no issues unless I drink/eat choke milk based stuff (ice cream, milky coffee drinks, etc) for a couple of days in a row.

    for those pua tings who are shellfish allergic, try popping an antihistamine a half hour before eating. my mom is the same way but she loves her some crab. before we go eat dim sum or chinese dinners she sometimes does this and it works.


  7. matt:

    also forgot to mention that I'm pretty sensitive to MSG. pho is one of my go-to lunches, but I'm kinda SOL there. sometimes I get massive headaches, sometimes it's just the tingly feeling. don't get the bad dreams that some report, so I guess it could be worse. only thing that works is to drink caffeine drinks and choke water so i go shishi and get it out of the system faster.
    not really an allergy, but still sucks.


  8. Maybs:

    I did that same allergy test, too. I'm on the cockroach allergy boat with you, along with dust, feathers, pine trees, and mango blossoms. As far as food goes, I'm allergic to wheat, rice, and soy. How can I live?!


  9. NeedaHobby:

    Hey Ed - your allergy test sounds interesting. I think they just wanted to poke you. :shock: j/k Nah, seriously, I say that because when I had an allergy test, it was a blood test. It said I'm not allergic to anything, but I swear I'm allergic to vog (vog wasn't one of the items on the list). I get terrible sinus headaches whenever the vog rolls in.

    Oh, and like others mentioned, I'm lactose intolerant too. I don't like it when I go to coffee shops and request soy milk and they try to substitute it with regular milk ... they gotta understand that I'm asking for soy milk for a reason ... :lol:


  10. NeedaHobby:

    Hey Ed - BTW, did you do something to Bruddah Shane during your interview??? First, he gets ejected ... then, he gets a drink thrown on him ... :razz: Just kidding, of course ... ;)


  11. Danielle:

    Hi Ed. I'm allergic to cockroaches and I don't need a doctor to tell me. Have you been in a vacated home infested with roaches. It's a smell you can't get out of your nose.
    Welcome home.


  12. EMM386:

    I had one of those because I had constant hay fever back on the Big Island. The test list came back and it was HUGE. I don't get hay fever very often anymore (even when I visit the Big Island, so don't say it was the volcano), so I don't worry about it. As for foods, the only problem I have is that when I see it, I wanna eat it.


  13. skycastles:

    I grew up in central Oahu and lived there practically my whole life. No allergy probs. Moved to town a couple years ago and now I sneeze every day. It's gotta be the dirty town air vs the clean country living :)

    The allergy test thing sounds interesting, but I'm one of those who are allergic to doctors :lol:


  14. Kage:

    Good morning all!
    I am allergic to mango pollen. The way I discovered this was when I was driving.
    Driving down the road, no problem.
    Take the back road and I start to sneeze, big time, no can stop kine.
    Keep driving and it goes away.
    Oh yeah, this is the days before I could afford AC in my car. Windows wide open.
    On the return trip, same thing, same place.

    Later I go back and look around and notice the mango trees in the area are all blooming.

    Years later, same thing happened every time I drive on the freeway to UH Manoa. Between Punahou and University get choke mango trees. I used to hate that stretch going home in stop and go traffic.


  15. rayboyjr:

    Don't think I'm seriously allergic to anything ... but I do react to eating crab and shellfish ... my body, arms and legs gets a little numb and tingly ... but no rash or pain so that aint such a bad thing ... and I love seafood so I'm not going to stop eating!

    and Ed ... I think most everyone gets itchy from running or rolling around in grass ... I know I do too ...

    oh yeah ... I'm allergic to beautiful girls ... my head gets hot ... I lose my breath ... a certain part of my body gets swollen ... I'm talkin' bout my throat - my throat gets dry and swollen and I can barely utter a word ... :D


  16. J.P.:

    if there's dust in the air or room, I sneeze like no other. Also, furry dogs/cats get my allergies going but other than that, nothing really bad.

    And yes, like mostly everyone, i'm allergic to work as well. LOL Have fun in Philly, dude.


  17. Kage:

    I get mean migraines if I eat tuna packed in water. The tuna packed in oil is fine.

    I do not know what I am allergic to in the water, but I will not eat tuna sandwiches if I can not determine the type of tuna it is.


  18. tita leerz:

    dust, pollen, vog, stupid people, people with no common sense, tourists who disregard warning signs to not trek down into Halona then get hurt and want to sue the state, my union.

    apparently, i'm also allergic to the filipino channel cuz i rash out everytime i hear someone talk about that mental show, wowwowwee...or sometin li'dat.


  19. effenprincess:

    OMG! That allergy test cost me $50 from my allergist!

    And guess what? We're allergic to EXACTLY the same things! Lol.


  20. Scott:

    No allergies for me, and I can eat and DRINK just about anything. But, when I go back to the mainland I almost always get cracked skin and a bloody nose. That's no fun. One time I smeared blood all over my face and went downstairs and gave my parents a near death heart attack. I was immature then, that was like 4 months ago :)


  21. brkndlaw:

    we just recently figured out that our three year old son is allergic to pet dander. our son generally has big menpachi eyes but when he's around dog hair his eyes puff up so much that he looks like he went a few rounds with mike tyson = buss up and the japanese side comes out more with the slantedeyeness. poor guy, now we can't get him and his brother a dog as a pet. how can a boy not have a dog?


  22. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.Coconut Willy:
    I'm allergic to something in sunblock. Not sure what it is or what brands but it doesn't affect me until the night after I shower. I will break out in a itchy rash mostly on my arms and body.

    Woah, weird! Wifey is the same way. But hers happens on her neck. We're thinking it's a combination of the sunblock and the sun itself. Maybe dr. frankie knows of somethin'?

    * 2.matt:
    pollen for me. at home, sometimes, when we cross through the tunnel to the windward side, I can just feel my sinuses filling as I breathe in the mountain air.

    Thankfully, the sinus doesn't get too crazy with stuff l'dat. It's mostly on my skin. Dust is a different story though matty!

    * 3.hemajang:
    Other than those foods I can roll around the moldy grass full of dust mites and play with cockroaches, no problem.

    Ahahaha! Damn you hemmaz! :P

    * 4.frankie:
    But seriously, I'm glad I'm not lactose intolerant. When Asians go dairy there's more gas than the middle east!

    Is that why you 1) grew so much and 2) were so gassy in Intermediate? 8)

    * 5.M:
    I think I'm allergic to work, I have a hard time getting up early in the morning and getting out of bed to go to work but I have no problems getting up early on my days off.

    I get issues waking up early on days off M. Hehe! That's my sleep-in time...

    * 6.matt:
    for those pua tings who are shellfish allergic, try popping an antihistamine a half hour before eating.

    I have a co-worker who used to be able to eat shellfish, but now cannot. What the!? That bettah not happen to me matty! I looooove any and all shellfish! :)

    * 8.Maybs:
    I did that same allergy test, too. I'm on the cockroach allergy boat with you

    No roaches for us eh Mubbs? Funny though. I'm always the designated roach killah cause erryone else I know is deathly afraid of them. *sigh*

    * 10.NeedaHobby:
    Hey Ed - BTW, did you do something to Bruddah Shane during your interview??? First, he gets ejected ... then, he gets a drink thrown on him ... Just kidding, of course ...

    I know yeah Hobbz? I saw that ejection in person and then I saw that beer thing on the highlights last night. Crossin' my fingers that nothing happens to him today. Sheez! Shane, if you're reading this... Sorry! :P

    * 11.Danielle:
    Hi Ed. I'm allergic to cockroaches and I don't need a doctor to tell me. Have you been in a vacated home infested with roaches. It's a smell you can't get out of your nose.

    LOL! Really? I never knew or thought I was cause I can be around them and never get itchy or sniffly. Maybe mine was just a minor reaction to their bug juice Danielle? :P

    * 12.EMM386:
    I had one of those because I had constant hay fever back on the Big Island. The test list came back and it was HUGE.

    LOL! My friend said that some of hers got so big that they started running into each other... Craziness!

    * 13.skycastles:
    I grew up in central Oahu and lived there practically my whole life. No allergy probs. Moved to town a couple years ago and now I sneeze every day. It's gotta be the dirty town air vs the clean country living

    This is a weird one sky! Used to happen to me a lot too, but when I move I'm fine. Funny thing is, after a few days in the sneezy environment, I'm fine. Like I got immune to it or something. Is this possible? LOL!

    * 14.Kage:
    Years later, same thing happened every time I drive on the freeway to UH Manoa. Between Punahou and University get choke mango trees. I used to hate that stretch going home in stop and go traffic.

    A/C rocks Kagz! :)

    * 15.rayboyjr:
    I do react to eating crab and shellfish ... my body, arms and legs gets a little numb and tingly ... but no rash or pain so that aint such a bad thing ... and I love seafood so I'm not going to stop eating!

    Niiiice! That's the spirit beej! If it turns out that I am too now, I ain't gonna stop! Seafood is my bag baby!

    * 16.J.P.:
    Have fun in Philly, dude.

    Yo, I already came back J Peezy! :)

    * 17.Kage:
    I get mean migraines if I eat tuna packed in water. The tuna packed in oil is fine.

    Hmm, that's a strange one Kagz...

    * 18.tita leerz:
    dust, pollen, vog, stupid people, people with no common sense, tourists who disregard warning signs to not trek down into Halona then get hurt and want to sue the state, my union.

    I just discovered that I'm fine with vog. When I went Hilo, my friend Dave, and even BJ shmall kine, had sniffles. I was all G!

    * 19.effenprincess:
    And guess what? We're allergic to EXACTLY the same things! Lol.

    Sweet! Allergy partners! Ahahaha!

    * 20.Scott:
    when I go back to the mainland I almost always get cracked skin and a bloody nose.

    Yeah, I get full on dry skin too Scotty2Hotty! And my hair gets all whack. Er, whack-er! And that prank to your 'rents was cold! But hilarious! :)

    * 21.brkndlaw:
    our son generally has big menpachi eyes but when he's around dog hair his eyes puff up so much that he looks like he went a few rounds with mike tyson = buss up and the japanese side comes out more with the slantedeyeness.

    Bwahahahaha! Sorry law breakah! Didn't mean to laugh, but your description is funny! :)


  23. frankie:

    Speaking of lactose intolerance, someone needs to tell the state capitol restaurants to stop serving milk to the locals or there's going to be another massive gas leak like this morning. *cymbal crash*


  24. kuya.d:

    Baboozes ... Including myself!

    Dun - dun - dun - dun ... (to the beat of Monday night football) ... I can't wait!


  25. mcat:

    hmm... i know a lot of lactose intolerant peeps... i'm one of them too! always need to order "soy" drinks at coffee shops too, or make sure i take those lactaid tablets before eating anything milky or cheesy. what a pain!


  26. kuya.d:

    Eagles sign Michael Vick.


  27. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Been through an allergy program in the 80's for three years and it was worth it!

    Since then, I can eat almost anything (don't eat stuff I don't care for), don't get itchy, don't get symptoms like asthma, etc.

    I'm good to go as far as allergies are concerned!

    Hope you go through the allergy program so that your body becomes tolerant of those things that you are currently allergic to and get a reaction!

    Have a nice day!


  28. World Wide Ed:

    * 23.frankie:
    Speaking of lactose intolerance, someone needs to tell the state capitol restaurants to stop serving milk to the locals or there's going to be another massive gas leak like this morning. *cymbal crash*

    *grin*

    * 24.kuya.d:
    Dun - dun - dun - dun ... (to the beat of Monday night football) ... I can't wait!

    Ahahaha!

    * 25.mcat:
    hmm... i know a lot of lactose intolerant peeps... i'm one of them too! always need to order "soy" drinks at coffee shops too, or make sure i take those lactaid tablets before eating anything milky or cheesy. what a pain!

    I wonder if we get less tolerant as we get older? I used to drink CHOKE milk when I was in my teens, but nowadays can get sore tummy once in a while when I drink it. Hmmm...

    * 26.kuya.d:
    Eagles sign Michael Vick.

    Hehe, I heard about that. As a die hard Philly fan, are you happy, upset or indifferent dewz?

    * 27.Kel Sr.:
    Been through an allergy program in the 80's for three years and it was worth it!

    Since then, I can eat almost anything (don't eat stuff I don't care for), don't get itchy, don't get symptoms like asthma, etc.

    What do you do in said program Kel Sr.? Are you basically training yourself and your body to build up immunities to these things?


  29. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Basically, the doctor gave me weekly shots (I guess of those things I was allergic to) for so many months, then every other week for so many months, then every three weeks for so many months, then monthly for so many months, then every three months, etc. etc. During this period, he also gave me some pills to take just in case I would eat something I shouldn't have, to lessen the reaction or counter-react to the allergen.

    Also, during this period, he would test me for my reaction to these allergents (you know, the test you took, but only this time for the known allergents that affected me).

    At the end of three years, I could eat shellfish (crab, lobster, etc. which I couldn't before), not be affected by sawdust at construction sites or at City Mill where they cut the wood for you, not be affected by certain grasses/trees at the public parks, etc.

    The program built up my tolerance to these allergies that affected me and I'm good to go now! Bring on dem Alaskan King Crabs or Lobsters, or clams or oysters, etc.

    The allergy program worked for me and it should work for you. With all the high tech things going on today, maybe they have better allergy programs available?