Weird New Allergies

17 Dec

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last wrote here! Life has been so hectic — mostly in a good way though :)  We had a bit of a FRIGID spell in Colorado with subzero temperatures, but the past few days have been in the 60s, which is wonderful especially around Christmas!

I have gone through a million-and-one changes over the past year, from selling my house, changing jobs, moving across the country and more.  I’m now OFFICIALLY a homeowner (before I was just living in my boyfriend’s house), and everything is just completely different than what it was a year ago.  In the past year, I’ve noticed some strange new allergies develop!

  • One of them, mentioned here is alcohol!  It doesn’t appear to be gluten related and I don’t think it’s an actual allergy.  Basically, I drink alcohol, and my face turns BRIGHT red, feels like it’s on fire and is incredibly splotchy or rashy.  Within 15-30 minutes, it completely disappears.  So far, I’ve only experienced this with wine (red and white), hard cider, and rum.  It happens the worst with wine, then cider, and the least with rum.
  • Another reaction seems to be nickel! It’s not nearly as bad as The Allergista’s nickel allergy.  She has poison-ivy type reactions when she comes in contact with nickel.  For me, if I wear earrings, my entire ear turns red and feels like it’s burning.  If I wear a necklace, my neck gets itchy.  I’ve started getting sterling silver earrings, at the recommendation of The Allergista and I seem to be okay with that.  I seem to be okay with limited contact, as well.
  • While I do seem to be able to tolerate most fabrics, I have an issue with wool (which is extremely common).  When I was a kid with severe eczema, I had problems with almost all fabrics except cotton, especially wool. But in the past 10 years or so, I haven’t really had any problems. The other day, I wore a sweater that was 10% wool, andI had a rash on my arms. As soon as I took off the sweater, my rash went away.
  • Ink is another weird one! I wouldn’t call this an allergy — maybe some sort of sensitivity. It’s not ALL ink, either. But recently, I had a big carton of recently printed catalogs in my office. I had an AWFUL headache for an entire week, until I removed them from my office. Also, when I was stuffing them into envelopes, I noticed that where the catalog touched my fingers, I ended up with eczema. Once I was done stuffing them, the eczema went away a day or two later.

I did have most of these issues as a kid, but outgrew many of them… but looks like I’ll have to deal with them again! On a positive note, my stomach has been MUCH better than it had been, and I’m now tolerating many of the foods I’d been able to tolerate before.

Have you developed any allergies or sensitivities as an adult?  What’s the hardest one to deal with?

15 Responses to “Weird New Allergies”

  1. The Allergista December 17, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for the mention! Sorry to hear about the new allergies, though :-( Have you been extra stressed lately with all the changes? Maybe that spurred all this?

    • Amanda January 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

      I have been less stressed, but more busy. The climate here is quite different from back home (barely any humidity) – that’s the main difference in life!

  2. miche123 December 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of changes. i had the same thing with alcohol since I was 20, and it’s only in retrospect I can see that it may have been a sign of my liver’s toxicity level. It could be that you just need to reduce the amount of chemicals in your home so that you don’t react to so much? A clean living space counts for a lot for us allergy-chemical-sensitivity types. A doctor of environmental medicine may be able to help you. :)

  3. Gluten-Free Social Savvy December 19, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks for your post. I have been seeing a needleless acupuncturist/acupressure. He suggests that we can be temporarily allergic to new things because of a stressor. However, we still need to be treated to reverse it.

  4. Kathryn Chastain Treat December 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    The wine could be sulfites or a mold sensitivity. My sensitivities developed as an adult as the result of my mold exposure. There are too many difficult things to mention here. I agree that you may need to see an environmental doctor. It sounds like your body load is too high and is creating problems.

    • Amanda January 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

      Is an environmental doctor just a specialist MD? I’ve never heard of them before!

  5. Molly December 20, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    That sounds so strange (and frustrating)! Good luck working it all out. I haven’t developed any allergies as an adult that I know of, besides the obvious kinda-allergy. Bummer about wine and cider!

  6. Nikki December 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    It’s so weird to develop new allergies as an adult. Last March I went to my dermatologist after battling severe rashes. The patch test I’m allergic to…SOAP! Yes, I said SOAP, ALL soaps, including shampoo, hair products, hand soap, bar soaps, laundry detergents and household cleaners. Also, that same detergent is in most makeups, self tanners, lotions and in most beauty products. I have to clean with essential (pure) oils now, and I have one prescription shampoo I can use. It has been an interesting adjustment.

    • Amanda January 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

      Ugh — that’s crazy! I bet it’s incredibly hard to adjust to. Sorry to hear about the new allergy.

  7. Enucia Natural Soap January 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    One of the best things you can do for your skin is use handmade soaps that contain no synthetic or harsh chemicals

  8. Miss Diagnoses January 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I have allergic contact dermatitis and a million skin allergies, including nickel and some preservatives in cosmetics. I also can’t eat dairy and gluten, but my gluten allergy is not as bad as yours. I do have the same problem with alcohol. Wine (and alcohol in general) produce histamine. I have rosacea and I can’t have any alcohol at all … it makes me flush bright red. A lot of people on the rosacea forum I go to don’t drink, or sometimes they have an antihistamine an hour before they have a drink. Oh, and I have the ink problem too! I don’t read the newspaper in print form anymore because I can’t tolerate it. I have to read it on my iPad. So happy I found your blog!

    • Amanda January 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Ugh! I’m sorry you have those problems but glad there are people who can relate! I assume you also follow the Allergista’s blog?

      I actually figured out the reason why alcohol was making me flush — it was due to the eczema ointment I was using (Protopic), so this one is probably NOT allergy related (phew). When did all these allergies start for you?

      • Miss Diagnoses January 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

        Ugh! I’ve used Protopic. It burns! I didn’t know about the connection between it and alcohol. I’m glad you don’t have a new allergy though! My allergies started in 2009-2010 when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rosacea. Unfortunately, I also found out this year that I have
        Lyme, so the allergies might be related to that. They also might be related to my thyroid disease. Or it could be hereditary: My father is allergic to perfume. I don’t know … I’m a medical mystery LOL. I love The Allergista’s blog! It’s so nice to find people you can relate
        to!

  9. Miss Diagnoses January 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Sorry for such a long post — I tend to write novels when I comment. Okay here’s this article I found about alcohol and histamine. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/alcohol-may-trigger-allergies/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

    • Miss Diagnoses January 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Wait … I posted the thing about alcohol and histamine before I saw your comment about alcohol and Protopic! Oops, sorry!

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