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  • 6 months ago

    Chicken Pox and Shingles Vaccine

    As a child I never got Chicken pox. I recently got a blood test that confirmed I had no antibodies for varicella. Do I need to get both the chicken pox and Shingles Vaccines? Can I get them both at the same time?
  • 8 months ago

    Allergic to Everything: A Fun Medical Puzzle for Masochistic Doctors

    Are you a doctor? Do you know much about liver injury or allergies? Want to shake up the day a little? I have a fun puzzle for you. :) Come down this rabbit-hole with me! Back in 2010 I started working in SE Asia, particularly Laos. Within 2 years (by 2012) I started getting mouth sores more often when eating citrus foods. So, I avoided them. By 2013, I was starting to have strange digestive issues. By 2014 I started down a medical rabbit-hole nightmare as I sought a diagnosis. No diagnosis came....
  • 9 months ago

    Delayed reaction iodine contrast dye

    Several days After a recent CT Scan of abdomen, including oral barrium & IV iodine contrast dye, I experienced multiple symptoms: Shortness of breath Exhaustion - sleep for hours Brain fog A few days later Hive-like rash, now legs & arms. Finally found references to Delayed iodine contrast dye reactions that led to alignment of symptoms. Started OTC antihistamine + foods considered diuretic, ie watermelon, asparagus, etc & pushing liquids. Any suggestions on how to help recover from this....
  • over 1 year ago


    I have a ten year old that is suffering from chronic hives.  We have been to a specialist and they have performed gratuitous blood tests and charged us astronomically for them, but they have yet to come up with anything that could be a trigger.  They are medicating him beyond my liking with Ranitidine and Omeprazole.  They have told us to keep him on these indefinitely but I have a hard time medicating him every day without knowing the effects they can cause after long term use.  I also don’t like....
  • over 1 year ago

    Butter intolerance

    Okay so I’m trying to get to the bottom of this and it is beyond annoying. On March 26,2007 I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis (staff infection) in my right ankle. I was given an immediate pick line(left arm)) for internal injections (saline, cytosine & heparin). I did not leave the hospital for about 2 weeks. Finally I came home. Crutches for 6 weeks, pick line for 6 months. A nurse would come to the house to clean/change the bandages around the pick line. (I also had ADHD and I have been on....
  • over 1 year ago

    Strange rash on foot

    I have a small hive like rash that just showed up on my foot. It's raised and itches. One is circular and one is kind of snake like. I recently got a full allergy skin prick test, and had a couple of allergies, but nothing crazy. I have been taking xyzal daily since the test. Does anyone know what this might be? Could it be a non - allergy related problem?
  • over 1 year ago

    Itchy rash after being in plane?

    Past few trips I've had, my face has broken out into some itchy patches that swell in places and itch so much. They take about 6 days to fully go away. It has gotten worse with every trip, to the point that my whole face looks red sometimes. I talked to my doctor and he just said to take allergy meds everyday twice a day and I have been doing that to prepare for my honeymoon, even took benadryl along with the meds to prevent it. But when I got on the plane I started itching immediately b4 we....
  • over 1 year ago

    Allergies & Flonase Side Effects

    Hello All, I am hoping that somebody can shed light on this horrible situation I am going through. I started taking a combination of Flonase SensaMist and Zyrtec 12hr last Spring. For several months I felt fantastic...I should preface this by saying that I have been in treatment for chronic Lymes for several year and read that Lymes can effect sinuses. Anyway, regardless of Lymes I felt great for several months and then without warning in late November I started experiencing a queasy stomach and....
  • over 1 year ago

    One-time allergic reaction

    Something really strange recently happened. I'm a dog lover. Animal lover really, but dogs ard the only animal i'm not allergic to (or so i thought) so that's the only type of animal i can be around. I have a dog at home (for 9 years now) but since i'm studying away from home i don't see her much. So naturally i go 'awwww!!' Over every dog i see and praise myself lucky whenever i get to cuddle one. The other day i met a lovesick puppy (very loveable bulldog) on the bus....
  • over 1 year ago

    Sudden Mysterious Allergic Reaction?

    Today, after spending a few minutes in the produce section of a grocery store, I began having a dry cough, repeated sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, and got very hot in the face! It was over in about 10-15 minutes, which made me think it was some type of allergic reaction. (I've been fine the rest of the day.) I don't have any food allergies, so I am suspecting either pesticides (maybe the ubiquitous glyphosate), or possible the nitrites that were in my breakfast meal at a restaurant....