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Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Plasmic-Turtle » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

So, I've been feeling quite interested in allergic reactions, mainly because they've been bugging me lately. You hear a lot of things in the media about how being exposed to mess and allergens as a child might prevent you developing allergies, and how breastfeeding protects from a range of things, including chances of allergy-development. A friend from Texas was saying to me the other night how she feels that everyone here in New Zealand seems to have an allergy or food intolerance whereas she barely heard about them back in Texas.

Now I could look up some papers from reputable journals... but why would I, when I can carry out my own unscientific research based on anectodal evidence from people on the fora? More seriously, I will look up some papers later, but I'm rather interested to hear your responses to this specific set of questions, if you feel like taking part. Just answer what you feel comfortable with, if there are some questions you'd prefer not to.

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
2. What is your country of birth?
3. Your ethnicity?
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?


My answers:
1. I'm allergic to the cold ("cold urticaria"), and also get bad hayfever at times though I'm still unsure of the cause: I don't think it's pollen as it's neither seasonal nor predictable, it seems to be something in dust or mildew perhaps but it's very hard to tell.
2. New Zealand.
3. European (English) descent.
4. Bottle-fed.
5. Messy. Books and dust all over the place.
6. Yes: played in the garden, park, beach, dug big mud-holes in the lawn...
7. Dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs, monarch butterflies and the occasional blackbird or sparrow that had fallen out of its nest.
8. Mother allergic to voltaren (medication).
9. Sister allergic to penicilin (she was breast-fed, different to me).

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby bluebambue » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:01 pm UTC

1. I am allergic to grass, dust, pollen, cats, and dogs. These are fairly severe.
2.USA
3. White (Norwegian to be exact)
4. Breastfed
5. Average
6. No
7. yes. Mostly cats, but also a dog for a couple of years
8. My parent do not have allergies, but a lot of my aunts and uncles have food allergies.
9. my siblings have mild dust/pollen allergies.
10. nope
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby casoid » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:11 pm UTC

1. Allergic to cat and dog air. Also certain food additives and sweeteners, particularly those found in Diet Coke, etc. Can't really be more specific unfortunately.
2. UK (Northern Ireland)
3. White
4. Combination
5. Average - not too shambolic, not too fastidious.
6. Yes.
7. A cat.
8. Nil.
9. Yes, but no significant allergies.
10. I don't believe I actually developed much of a cat/dog allergy until I moved out. Perhaps that's just when I noticed the correlation?

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Zarq » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:11 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Nothing that I'm aware of.

2. What is your country of birth?

Belgium

3. Your ethnicity?

White

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Bottle fed, I think

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Very clean

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Average, I think

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Till around age 8, nothing save a goldfish. After that various kinds: canaries, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, cats, dogs, ducks. But even before age 8 I spent a lot of time at my grandparents who had a dog, ferrets and a lot of birds.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
Not that I'm aware of. Grandfather has a shellfish allergy though.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
Not that I'm aware of.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
No
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby existential_squirrrel » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:29 pm UTC

Plasmic-Turtle wrote:1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
2. What is your country of birth?
3. Your ethnicity?
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?


1. Yes- latex allergy :( I am more allergic to mosquito and ant bites than the average person. One ant bite is enough to make me stay awake itching it until I can find the Benadryl :x
2. USA
3. White- German, English, Welsh, Italian
4. I was breastfed
5. somewhere between messy and average- it was never anywhere near spotless, as I got into everything as a youngster. The house has gotten cleaner as I've gotten older
6. I spent a lot of time outside as a child, and I still do
7. I have had cats, birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters. Currently I have birds, a cat, and a fish. I volunteer at a primate sanctuary with all kinds of monkeys, badgers, kinkajous, foxes, mountain lions, turtles/tortoises, raccoons, opossums, and exotic birds
8. Mom is allergic to many grains, bird dander, scented air fresheners, and certain carpet cleaners... I'm not talking your usual sneezy, watery eyes- I'm talking full blown anaphylactic reactions that could kill her. She may also be allergic to strawberries- she was a young child, but has never eaten them since then. Mom carries an Epi-Pen wherever she goes
9. not applicable- I have no siblings
10. I developed my allergy to latex late in 2010 at 19 y/o. Mom developed her allergies in her late 30's. Her father was allergic to any kind of animal fur from the time he was a little kid.

*How could I forget about my mosquito bites? oh ya, the Benadryl finally wore off :P
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby GenovaHeightsGhost » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:30 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
several preservatives (Sodium benzoate and others)

2. What is your country of birth?
United States of America

3. Your ethnicity?
White/Ashkenazi Jew (Take your pick.)

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Breastfed

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
On the cleaner side of average

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Yes.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
I had rats, fish, and a hamster. Now I have a cat.
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My mother was allergic to dairy and eggs as a child and is currently allergic to cephalosporins, bee stings, and something unidentified. She is still sensitive to eggs and dairy sometimes.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
Sister 1: various types of pollen and animal dander (too many to list)
Sister 2: None
Sister 3: various types of pollen and animal dander; previously allergic to eggs, mango, and grouper
Brother: previously allergic to eggs, dairy, and peanuts
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
My additive allergies didn't onset until I was twelve years old, while two of my siblings outgrew their allergies fairly quickly.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Newt » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:31 pm UTC

1. Brittlebush, probably some pollen that I haven't identified.
2. USA
3. Austrian/German/Italian
4. Both
5. Average
6. Probably more than most.
7. Gerbils (age 5) , dog (age 8 )
8. Mother, cats.
9. No.
10. No

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:55 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
General pollen/mold - when I was tested in Texas, I was pretty much allergic to every plant that they tested, including ragweed. At the time I could barely function. After a two year regimen of allergy shots every week, they're now mid- to low-grade annoyance, primarily when the seasons change.

2. What is your country of birth?
USA

3. Your ethnicity?
Han Chinese

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Both.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Both of them were fairly clean. Regular vacuuming and the like.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
I don't remember if I did before three. When I was three, we moved to a home that had a good sized forest (cedar and Douglas fir) extending past the backyard, and I spent a moderate amount of time running around in it.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Just a few fish. We got a dog when I was 12 or so.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
General pollen/mold.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
One younger sister - general pollen/mold as well as cefaclor.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
I'm lactose sensitive, and I suspect my dad is too. But this is definitely attributed to being genetically Chinese.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby poxic » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:16 am UTC

1. Allergies/intolerances: Buttloads, all minor-to-medium. Oral allergy syndrome (pollen and food), plus dust, citric acid, walnuts/pecans, and a handful of other bits of botany. All allergies were acquired after about 15 years old.

2. Born in Canada, West Coast.

3. Ethnicity is white/generic mixed-Euro descent, plus a smattering of First Nations.

4. Breast-fed for the first two months, then bottle-fed.

5. Childhood home was as spotlessly clean as my mother could manage with three kids running around messing it up.

6. Spent a lot of my early childhood outside, became more of a homebody toward my teens.

7. We had cats when I was very young, then dogs after that.

8. My adoptive and birth parents have no significant allergies that I know of, but see the next couple of answers...

9. Adoptive brothers have no significant allergies, except one brother developed allergies to strawberries and cats (simultaneously) as an adult. One genetic half-sister was born with an assload of food allergies but went through successful desensitisation treatment to get rid of all but one (spinach, which I'm fine with). Another half-sister (other side of genetic family) recently developed citrus and walnut allergies as an adult.

10. Other relevant things: my birth mother is systemically very sensitive, like me (subclinical sensitivities to sensory stimuli in general, including internally-generated stimuli [e.g. emotions]). My birth father isn't so much, but he's an immunological disaster zone: AS, iritis, RA, and those are only the ones I can think of right now. :|
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Deva » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:33 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Is allergic to dust, tree pollen, ragweed, and cats. Does not tolerate dairy or whole wheat products. Tolerates only mild amounts of acidic foods, fatty foods, and insoluble fiber.

2. What is your country of birth?
United States.

3. Your ethnicity?
Caucasian.

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Bottle-fed.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Average.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Spent some time outside, but not a lot. Declined with age.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Owned two cats and some fish.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
None.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
None.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
No.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:38 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? Asthma from dust, mold; hayfever from cats if I get very close to them (like put my face in their fur), unspecified pollen, and newly printed newspapers.
2. What is your country of birth? Sweden.
3. Your ethnicity? Swedish.
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination? I honestly don't know.
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)? Messy enough.
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child? Yes
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds? Yes, cats, fish.
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies? My mother has hayfever.
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies? My sister has a metric fuck-ton of food allergies. And she's also got type 1 diabetes (which is auto-immune)
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention? Allergies developed late, late teens, early 20s.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Adacore » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:43 am UTC

1. Only hayfever (probably grass pollens).
2. Britain
3. White British (my UK census category)
4. I believe mostly breast-fed, but I probably had some bottle feeding too
5. On the messy side, but not too bad.
6. Until I was about 10, yes, loads. After that, not so much.
7. Many pets. 2 dogs, various cats (always at least two at a time), hamster, gerbil, mice, snakes, fish.
8. My father also has hayfever. My mother has none that I know of.
9. My sister does not have any allergies.
10. Allergies developed in my teens, and have started to fade in the last couple of years (I'm now 26, almost 27).
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby apricity » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:46 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
I am slightly lactose intolerant, but that developed around age 20. Everything else is just a side effect of different medical issues (I'm intolerant to nightshade plants and citric acid due to arthritis).

2. What is your country of birth?
USA

3. Your ethnicity?
Caucasian

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Breastfed

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Average/messy

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
A pretty good amount of time, yes

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Cats since age 5, dogs since 13

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
None

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
None

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
Nope
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Aightynine » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:14 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them. Not that I'm aware of, but.... (See #10)

2. What is your country of birth? United States

3. Your ethnicity? Caucasian

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination? I...don't know. I doubt I was entirely bottle fed, though.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)? Extremely messy. It borders on ridiculous, really.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child? I spent some time outside, though now, not very much.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds? I've always had cats, and a dog for most of that time.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies? My mom is allergic to pine nuts and lobster.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
None that I'm aware of.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
The one and only time I had scallops, I was sick for the entire night, so for the longest time, I was convinced that I was allergic to them. My mom likes to insist that I'm not. I guess it could've just been food poisoning, or something. *Shrug* Also, I've never been able to definitively test the possibility that I inherited her pine nut allergy.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Adacore » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:26 am UTC

Aightynine wrote:9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies? None that I'm aware of.

No siblings, or no allergies? Or was that intentionally ambiguous? :D

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Cheezwhiz Jenkins » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:27 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
2. What is your country of birth?
3. Your ethnicity?
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?


1. No, I do not have any allergies or food intolerance of which I am aware (although I bloat so unreasonably after eating anything that I'm seriously starting to think I might have some kind of gluten allergy, or at least an intolerance/allergy of some kind).
2. I was born in the USA
3. My ethnicity is mixed, but primarily caucasian
4. I was breastfed
5. My childhood home was average leaning towards a little messy, but not terrible. :p
6. I practically lived outside for much of my childhood.
7. Growing up, I had various pets/farm animals at various times: Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, cows, guineas, rabbits, ducks, turkeys and pigs (none of these indoors though).
8/9. My mother and one of my brothers have simply terrible allergies year round, with symptoms similar to very very very severe hayfever much of the time. No idea what to.
10. When my sister and I were younger (6-8ish, I think) we found ourselves in a public restroom with no liquid (or any other) soap. Not washing your hands was unthinkable, so we scavenged under the counter and used some pink stuff we _thought_ was soap. Turns out, it was raspberry lotion, and ever since that time - never before it - we have had (MD diagnosed) horrible eczema, exacerbated by cold weather, and extremely sensitive skin. The effect has lessened with age, especially for me; at one time there literally was no product which could touch my hands, arms, or face without me immediately having a nasty allergic reaction, burning, itching, lobster red skin, the works. In conjunction with this my hands were constantly extremely cracked, to the point of constantly bleeding (cold weather and any kind of skin care product were horrible for it, as was water). Now it's just in the very cold winter months if my skin is exposed to cold air very much (it's OK if I stay inside!). My sister's eczema is also getting better - hers did the same cracked/bleeding thing for a time, but mid-puberty switched to more classic eczema with bubbling, burning, peeling, itching, weeping sores. All because of that darned raspberry lotion. Iccccccccccccccck.

Probably too much detail on 10 but there you go. :p

Edit: Everyone in my family except my father is very allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac; my father could roll in it or sleep in it and nary a problem.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Aightynine » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:32 am UTC

Adacore wrote:
Aightynine wrote:9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies? None that I'm aware of.

No siblings, or no allergies? Or was that intentionally ambiguous? :D


XD Whoops, I meant allergies. Given that my brother is sitting right next to me, I'd have to be pretty dense not to know he exists. :P
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Izawwlgood » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:00 am UTC

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1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerance that you are aware of? If so, list them.
The following foods, substances and creatures cause inner ear itching, tongue/hand/eyelid/throat swelling, hives and or mouth itchiness (i very much resemble a dog with peanut butter in it's mouth, resisting the desire to rake at myself with a fork... sometimes i succumb): peaches, nectarines,a variety of sharp cheddar cheeses, blue cheeses, plums, pineapples, carrots, beets, celery, all tree nuts (anaphylaxis), soy milk (tofu is fine), cherries, apricots, potatoes, and milk chocolate. All dander emitting animals (i look longingly at baby kitties) Fresh cut grass, strong perfume, pollen, incense, sulfa based drugs, weed (being in the same room causes joyous wheezy fun) and the whole codeine family.
2. What is your country of birth?
USA
3. Your ethnicity?
Mother: Irish+Scottish+Norwegian+Icelandic & Father:Polish+Russian
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Bottle (bolt-ons don't make for great lactation)
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Spotless
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Tons (she who falls out of trees, goes water skiing, rides horses, and runs back inside periodically to use an inhaler)
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Dog, Fish, Pony, Guinea Pig, Frogs, and Newts
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
Mother:none Father:mine+adhesives and wool.
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
Brother: mine+ intolerance of any uncooked fruit or vegetable, iodine, shellfish, and wool.
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:07 am UTC

1. None of which I am currently aware, outside of Poison Ivy [which immunity to that is .. somewhat rare, I think]. And I've eaten enough of the primary food allergies (peanuts, shellfish, wheat, etc) that I have no fear of eating pretty much anything set in front of me.
2. USA
3. Predominately White
4. A combination, I think?
5. Messy, yes. Organized mess. Dusted once every three months whether it needed it or not.
6. As an under 8, sure. Over 8, books were way the hell more interesting.
7. Multiple dogs of varying breeds, multiple farm cats of.. uh.. farm cat breed.
8. Father, None of which I am aware, outside of your Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac, which.. again, I believe immunity is rare. Mother, same with the addition of grass pollen making her minor respiratory discomfort, mostly in the form of sneezing and a runny yet stopped up nose.
9. None of which I am aware, outside of your Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac blah blah blah.
10. I grew up on a crop farm in rural Kentucky. Pollen like crazy. Had a cooling tube that was connected to the outside - when the fan was on, it drew air in, ran it underground for a few hundred feet or so, pushed it into the house, no filtering.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Cheezwhiz Jenkins » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:14 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:1. None of which I am currently aware, outside of Poison Ivy [which immunity to that is .. somewhat rare, I think].
Wait, we have to mention poison ivy/oak/sumac and suchlike? What about chiggers?! What about no-see-ums?!?!?!

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:20 am UTC

That's.. actually kinda why I mentioned them. They're the only common allergen I know of that has a couple of lucky bastards out there who are immune. I'm not aware of anyone who's immune to chigger or mosquito bite welts and so on.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:31 am UTC

I don't know if I'm immune to poison ivy or oak, as they're not endemic to this region.

I'm virtually immune to mosquito bites, though (I'll get a very small bump that doesn't get red and doesn't really itch very much), but that's from frequent exposure. There is A LOT of mosquitoes where I live (like go for a 30 minute walk and a dozen of bites). Luckily, they carry no diseases or parasites.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby charolastra » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:36 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Seasonal allergies, pollen, dairy, dogs - all handled by Zyrtec. I also have severe skin reactions to mangos (though I can eat them as long as I cut them up and don't dive into one face first) and poison ivy. I also briefly went gluten free because my doctor suspected celiac disease - and while that ended up not being the case, I do feel physically better when I do not eat gluten. I don't have the will to give it up.

2. What is your country of birth?
Northeastern US

3. Your ethnicity?
part Ashkenazi Jew, part generic American (heritage comes from England, Sweden, and Native Americans)

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
breastfed until I was 1

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
messy, messy, messy

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
tons. We had lots of woods and a creek that I tromped through

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
fish, gerbils, tree frogs, iguana, ferrets, a cockatiel, and got a dog when I was 16. Now I have a cat.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
Mom has seasonal allergies. Dad has nothing.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
Brother has none.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
A lot of my so called "allergies" were later attributed to having cancer. Lymphoma causes itching. If you have unexplained itching, demand a chest x-ray. I could have been diagnosed 3 or 4 years earlier with early stage cancer instead of late stage - and lymphoma is one of the most common young adult cancers (I am 23).

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Cloud Walker » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:41 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.

Urushiol, nickel, penicillin, your face (jk)

2. What is your country of birth?

USA

3. Your ethnicity?

White (Polish)

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?

Bottle

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?

Pretty clean (and I just spent about 8 hours cleaning my own house)

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?

Yeah. Probably 60/40 outside/inside. Maybe 70/30. That changed as video games got better/more interesting to me.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?

Dags

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?

My dad is allergic to chocolate. Hmm... I think there's more that I'm forgetting...

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?

Two of my older brothers have seasonal allergies (pollen et al). There's probably more I'm missing here as well...

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?

I get poison ivy, nickel contact dermatitis, hives from penicillin, and rosacea. My skin sucks. Although some people say my skin is soft. My ex-gf always said so, and sometimes I'll high five somebody and they're like, "Dude, your hand is soft!" Which is 1.) weird because I don't baby my skin whatsoever (in fact, I'm usually quite happy tearing it up) and 2.) unknown to myself because I touch with my own skin, and I can't find (or don't notice) any significant differences in other peoples' skin. Anyway, I think I got it all from my mother, who also has sensitive skin.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Jacque » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:14 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Cats, severe, if I touch them no big deal, but if I then touch my face my eyes start to itch and get quite red; dogs only if I haven't been around them for a long time; oak pollen, severe; some other pollens mildly;

2. What is your country of birth?
USA

3. Your ethnicity?
Norwegian, Bohemian, other assorted European; general mutt.

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Bottle AFAIK

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Average

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Spent much time outside getting dirty and enjoying nature.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Yes. Dogs.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
Mom: None I can think of. Dad: Shellfish, though developed later in life.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
Sister is allergic to some variety of antibiotic, though I don't think it's been sold in the USA for a some years.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
I had allergy shots for a number of years as a child. A lot of the things included in my serum have apparently lessened in regards to reaction, from my Mother's perspective at least, as I was too young to notice. Cat was not included and thus I'm still quite allergic to them.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Beardhammer » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:53 am UTC

1. I'm allergic to antiperspirants and some deodorants. I'm not sure specifically what I'm allergic to; it could be the aluminum. I also break out mildly when my skin is in contact with nickel (the metal) for an extended period of time. No food allergies. I might be allergic to percocet and similar drugs. I haven't had need to use them frequently enough to determine that conclusively. Coors makes me puke, but that could just be because Coors is a disgusting beverage that doesn't even have the right to call itself a beer.

2. USA

3. European mongrel. Primarily German and Irish.

4. Breastfed, mostly.

5. Average

6. Lots of outside time as a littlun, less outside time as I discovered computers and Nintendo.

7. Yes. Cats and dogs. Cats were mongrels, the pup was a purebred Sheltie.

8. None I'm aware of.

9. My sister has fairly mild standard allergies. Lots of sniffles and coughing during pollen season, that sort of thing. Nothing on the level of "oh crap she's dying" though.

10. Not particularly.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby manictheatrefan » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:21 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
I'm not severely allergic to anything. I do sometimes get mild reactions from eating seafood (which I don't like much anyway, so it's not a problem). I'm slightly allergic to pollen and dust, and I use a prescription nasal spray to alleviate sniffy/stuffy symptoms.
2. What is your country of birth?
Hong Kong SAR, China.
3. Your ethnicity?
I'm Chinese.
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
I was exclusively breastfed.
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
I'd say about average.
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Average for a HK kid. It's just kind of gross outdoors in the city. I do think I went to the beach/ocean and hiking in the mountains/poking about on outlying islands more than my peers, though.
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
My family's never owned any pets.
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My mother has allergic rhinitis (to what she's allergic I'm not exactly sure).
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
My sister has a mild allergy to peanuts. We keep EpiPens around even though she's never had a severe reaction, because the doctor recommended we be prepared. My parents are seriously addicted to peanuts and peanut butter and we eat them all the time. My sister spits out anything that tastes like peanuts—she's been given candy at school that had nuts in it and she spat it right back out.
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
No, I don't think so.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby phlip » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:27 am UTC

1. Not at present. I had quite bad hayfever as a kid, but it gradually went away during my late teens and it's basically gone now. I think there's something in the dust at my mother's place that sets me off something fierce, but I haven't experienced that anywhere else, so I'm not sure what it is exactly.
2. Australia
3. Half British descent, half Russian
4. Breastfed
5. Messier than average, I think
6. Not really, I was always more the reading (and later, video games and computers) type. I mean, I did outdoorsey stuff on occasion, but not as a regular thing.
7. Yep, an adopted stray cat
8. My father also gets hayfever from time to time
9. Ditto for my sister
10. I managed to score a prescription nasal spray for my hayfever as a kid. It smelled awful.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Cathy » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:58 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
I get allergic reactions if I wear jewelry on my skin (ears, neck, wrists) made of nickel, silver, copper, and pretty much every metal but 14k gold or better. Gold plated doesn't work either. I also get hives in hot weather.

2. What is your country of birth?

United States, specifically in California

3. Your ethnicity?

Caucasian, Swiss(maternal) and Austrian(paternal) ancestry.

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Breastfed almost exclusively.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Average --not spotless but not hugely messy.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Yes, I spent a lot of time gardening, playing with animals listed below, climbing trees, hiking, biking, etc.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Yes. Two dogs, and a cat. Also, the neighbor's chickens, goat, rabbits, snake, guinea pigs, and mice. I think that covers it all.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My mom has mold/pollen allergies, but nothing big. My dad has metal allergies, but not as bad (or noticable?) as mine.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
My younger brother gets hay fever and have nasty pollen (pine and oak) allergies. Yay, Texas. He's allergic to rolling in the grass. He gets eczema from skin allergies and the heat.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
My brother has asthma, which may be correlated to his hay fever and general "texas plant" allergies. There's a saying that you don't have allergies... and then you move to Texas.
Edit: Oh, and my paternal grandmother is severely allergic to bee/wasp/yellowjacket stings.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Giant Speck » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:50 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Mild lactose sensitivity.

2. What is your country of birth?
United States

3. Your ethnicity?
White, European descent

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Bottle fed with soy formula

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Above average cleanliness

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
I spent a bit more time indoors than I did outdoors.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Numerous dogs, a couple cats, two cockatiels, two turtles
Only one species at a time. There was a time we had a dog and two cats, but that period of time was very brief.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My mother is allergic to penicillin, pseudophedrine, and iodine-based contrast dyes (she found that out the hard way).
I've never personally known my father, so I don't know if he's allergic to anything.
My stepfather isn't allergic to anything, to my knowledge.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
My sister also has mild lactose sensitivity, as well as a latex allergy.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
My mother and stepfather are heavy smokers.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Evengeduld » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:53 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.

Food: Used to be lactose intolerant as a kid but grew out of it. (Still can't drink to much milk or eat to much pudding but can eat most cheese)
Other: Dogs and Cats, There might be others that I still have to discover.

2. What is your country of birth?

Belgium

3. Your ethnicity?

Caucasian

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?

Bottle fed due to having medical issues after I was just born, Got operated on within 20 hours after I was born.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?

In between average and very clean so clean :)

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?

I was always outside when the sun shined, rain wasn't a problem either :)

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?

Yes a Dog on doctors advise to help me get over my dogs algergies (Helped but not completely gone yet I still cough my lungs out at the vet :) )

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?

Dad: Grass Pollen.
Mom: Mussels

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?

Brother: House dust mite
Sister: none that I'm aware of
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Carnildo » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:11 am UTC

Plasmic-Turtle wrote:1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
2. What is your country of birth?
3. Your ethnicity?
4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?


1) None for certain, potential penicillin allergy.
2) USA
3) Western European
4) Breastfed
5) Messy
6) Yes
7) A succession of gerbils
8) My father has moderate hayfever and lactose intolerance.
9) One brother tested allergic to penicillin, cat dander, dust mites, and assorted other things.
10) My brother's allergy tests were done using the skin-reaction technique, which, as I understand it, tends to generate false positives.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby skippysheila » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:43 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Cats, dust & most pollens: all of them give me hayfever, they're not serious allergies. I didn't have any of these allergies until I moved to the UK age 23. I was allergic to penicillin as a child but seem to have grown out of it. I probably don't tolerate gluten and lactose well, but this isn't something that's been confirmed medically, I've just noticed that I feel better if I avoid them (I have IBS and it's consistently worse if I've been eating bread/pasta/icecream and so on).

2. What is your country of birth?
Australia

3. Your ethnicity?
White European (the various Celtic bits)/Ashkenazi Jew

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Breastfed, but only up to six months old - cows' milk after that.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Average.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Loads - most of my time was spent outside.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
Nothing before age 7, althogh other family members & friends had dogs. After that a dog, mice, guinea pigs & birds and I spent quite a bit of time around horses although we didn't own one. Also goats.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My father gets hayfever from pollen. My mother probably has the gluten thing but doesn't want to know because she doesn't want to stop eating it.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
One brother, no allergies that I know about.

Edit: typos, and I also forgot to mention that I am also somewhat sensitive to most fragrances used in laundry detergents, lotions and so on - I get very dry & itchy skin, which also started after moving countries. I don't react to things like mosquitos, though - I have watched them biting me, so I know it's not that I'm not getting bitten, but literally nothing happens after that. Some other things create a larger reaction though - I have a permanent lump on my leg from a tick bite, and I've had wasp & ant bites that have left lumps that took years to disappear.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Plasma Man » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:47 am UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.

I seem to be allergic to something in curry; I have not been able to identify exactly what it is.

2. What is your country of birth?

England

3. Your ethnicity?

White

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?

Not sure

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?

Probably about average.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?

Yes.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?

Dogs and hamsters.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?

No known allergies.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?

No known allergies.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?

This allergy appeared out of the blue when I was about 20. Prior to that, I'd been able to eat curry without any problems, then I just started having a bad reaction to it for no apparent reason.
When playing outside as a child, a fair amount of that time was spent in a field of grain that was next door to my home.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby KestrelLowing » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:56 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
I'm allergic to cats and Tetracycline (antibiotic often used to treat acne)

2. What is your country of birth?
USA

3. Your ethnicity?
Pasty white

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Breastfed, although I'm sure a little formula was used for occasional convenience.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
My house was quite clean

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Probably about average. In the summer, the majority of the time was outside, although often I was just reading

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
No pets :(

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My dad has seasonal allergies (not exactly sure what) and is allergic to cats. My mom is actually mildly allergic to mosquito bites (they swell up way worse in her than in most people) and developed a penicillin allergy when she was about 45.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
My sister's allergic to cats, my brother has seasonal allergies and is allergic to freshly mown grass

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
I have very sensitive skin and that could be considered an allergy as I can't be in too much contact with things like wool. Also, when I was small, if I spilled milk on my skin, I'd break out in hives, but I could drink it just fine. Eventually that went away. Oh, and I don't know if this is particularly relevant, but my mother is pretty much resistant to poison ivy.

EDIT: I also wanted to add for the clean/dirty thing that I was the youngest of four kids, so by the time I was born, if I dropped my pacifier, I was lucky if I got it wiped on a shirt before my parents gave it back to me whereas for my sister (the oldest), they would pretty much boil it every time.
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby AvatarIII » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:58 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
noone that i am aware of, however i am increasingly confident that i am allergic to mushrooms (they don't burn everyone's lips and mouths? who knew!?) and also i think i might have a little bit of winter hayfever

2. What is your country of birth?
UK

3. Your ethnicity?
White

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Breastfed until teething i believe

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
average, although i personally am messy.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
quite a bit

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
a cat until i was 10, a few hamsters

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
my dad is allergic to Asprin/Ibuprofen

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
yes i do, but no they don't

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
i was born naturally, not by ceasarian, which i believe is often linked with allergies.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby Obby » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:12 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Very minor allergy to something unknown (suspect a certain kind of dust, but I've not had professional confirmation). Mostly just sneezing as a symptom.

2. What is your country of birth?
USA.

3. Your ethnicity?
White, mostly Italian + German with a smattering of other western European countries.

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Combination.

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
Messy. Not tons of clutter, but lots of dust and dirt, and both of my parents have smoked my whole life.

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
A fair amount, yes. At least every other day, I'd estimate, I made it outside for at least a couple hours.

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
I had a black lab my whole life growing up, until she died when I was 18. My sister had a cat for a few years before it got ran over by a car. Plus a random amount of fish, hermit crabs, and rabbits.

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
Neither of my parents have allergies as far as I know. Maybe my mom having a minor one like me, but it's never been diagnosed and she never complains about it.

9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
One sister, no allergies that I'm aware of.

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
I never had this allergy before I was 19 or 20. Growing up I never had any allergies.
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Postby podbaydoor » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:57 pm UTC

Cathy wrote:My brother has asthma, which may be correlated to his hay fever and general "texas plant" allergies. There's a saying that you don't have allergies... and then you move to Texas.

Oh man, quoted for 100% truth. I lived in Seattle in the middle of a forest for the first ten years of my life, no significant allergies. Then we moved to Texas. (Ragweed!!!)
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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby existentialpanda » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:38 pm UTC

1. None at all.
2. US
3. White
4. ...I don't actually know.
5. Fairly messy.
6. An average amount.
7. Dogs, cats, turtles, a snake, a chameleon, a tarantula....
8. None that I'm aware of.
9. My younger brother is allergic to some medication that I don't remember the name of.

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Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

Postby faranim » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:02 pm UTC

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them.
Minor allergies to dust, pollen, and some dogs/cats. No food or drug allergies.

2. What is your country of birth?
USA

3. Your ethnicity?
White

4. Were you breastfed, bottle fed, or a combination?
Not sure, I would guess bottle

5. Would you describe your childhood home as messy (e.g. often quite a bit of dust/junk left about), average, or very clean (parents who insisted everything be perfect)?
very clean, my mom was a clean freak

6. Did you spend a lot of time outside as a child?
Yes

7. Did you have pets growing up? What kinds?
No, unless the goldfish counts

8. Are you aware of your parents having any allergies? What allergies?
My mom is allergic to dogs/cats and similar seasonal allergies as myself (pollen, dust).
My dad has no allergies that I know of


9. If you have siblings, are you aware of them having any allergies?
My sister does not have any food, seasonal, or dust/pet allergies, but she does have a common drug allergy (Penicillin I believe)

10. Is there anything else you feel might be relevant to mention?
Nope!


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