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From peanuts to shellfish... Why are so many adults suddenly getting allergies?
DailyMail.uk ^ | 15th May 2009 | Lucy Elkins

Posted on 05/17/2009 7:28:33 AM PDT by yankeedame

From peanuts to shellfish... Why are so many adults suddenly getting allergies?

"...Over the past decade there has been a huge rise in the number of Britons suffering from hay-fever and eczema as a result of allergies.

As many as one in four people is affected, and ...

... it's not just children who are affected.... increasingly, middle-aged and older people are developing allergies for the first time....they suddenly suffer a reaction to something that for decades did them no harm.

'In the case of food allergies and anaphylaxis, I now see more adults than children - we are inundated with cases,' says Andrew Williams, a consultant nurse... 'Allergic rhinitis and asthma are also becoming more common among adults.'

Many women suddenly develop an allergy during the menopause...

'Another common time seems to be after having been in hospital.'

Often the allergies involve foods such as nuts or shellfish. 'The reactions tend to come on quickly and ...can be very surprising and very frightening - and potentially fatal.'

An allergy occurs when the body over-reacts to the presence of something harmless and produces antibodies and chemicals such as histamine in response. It is the body's way of trying to get rid of the perceived invader as rapidly as possible....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: allergies
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1 posted on 05/17/2009 7:28:33 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: neverdem

Ping


2 posted on 05/17/2009 7:30:22 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: yankeedame

I read the article expecting them to blame global warming. Happily, they did’t try to do so...this time.


3 posted on 05/17/2009 7:33:29 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: yankeedame

My dad had/has(?) adult-onset allergies. Used to be he could eat shrimp, just couldn’t peel them. Now he can’t eat them, avacados, and is allergic to latex as well. (I’m sure there are other things he now has to avoid but those are the ones I can remember.) Poor guy has to carry the epi-pens with him.


4 posted on 05/17/2009 7:36:49 AM PDT by Frogtacos (It all went to hell when we started cooking outside and crapping inside.)
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To: yankeedame
I doubt it's an increase in allergies. It's more likely an increase in diagnosed allergies.

Although I do admit that while I didn't have allergies as a child, I sure do have them now.
5 posted on 05/17/2009 7:38:21 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Frogtacos

Well if he is allergic to latex you might want to test for a sensitivity to Bananas


6 posted on 05/17/2009 7:40:51 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: yankeedame
Some times allergies build over time. You can ‘become’ allergic to things you have used or eaten for a long time. I know a lot of people who have become allergic in middle age. It might seem sudden but it's not, it has been building and it just got to the point where you realize it. On the other hand it is your immune system at work, a little too hard, but working just the same.

A doctor once told me after looking at my long list of allergies “hummmmm you probably will never have cancer”.

7 posted on 05/17/2009 7:41:26 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: mysterio

Allergies are not like asthma, if you have them you know for sure you have them. Especially stuff like Peanuts and Shrimp..

My wife is Oat Allergic she knew before she was tested for it she just know because if she ate anything with oats she would get itcy in her mouth.

I have ‘asthma’ though I never knew it just thought I was out of shape. I only found out at a routine physical.

How me process foods, what we put into them and (in my view only) the continuing trend of GMO foods is causing more allergies to form. We still don’t know exactly what causes them..


8 posted on 05/17/2009 7:44:19 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

Excellent point. I have a severe allergy to latex, and cannot eat bananas, avocados, kiwis. And I love all three. After the reaction to eating a banana, though, I haven’t been tempted.

I also carry an epi-pen. The thing about latex allergies, they tend to get worse the older you get.


9 posted on 05/17/2009 7:44:34 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne

I carry an epi-pen for my girls both diagnosed very early with a peanut allergy.

My youngest just ‘outgrew’ her allergy (in quotes because she never had a reaction just had a positive blood test). My oldest has had one hospital visit from exposure I am still holding out hope it was something other than peanuts but the doctor wont do a scratch test on her till she has a negative blood test..


10 posted on 05/17/2009 7:47:34 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: Judith Anne

BTW do you weak a medic alert bracelet for the latex?


11 posted on 05/17/2009 7:48:31 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

Bananas are on his list of things to watch for, but no reaction as of yet. (Just asked Mom)


12 posted on 05/17/2009 7:53:03 AM PDT by Frogtacos (It all went to hell when we started cooking outside and crapping inside.)
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To: Ditter
You can ‘become’ allergic to things you have used or eaten for a long time.

True. I am in my fifties and developed an allergy to wheat last year. It has definitely changed my life. No more bread, pasta, cake, cookies, etc. Most of the commercial wheat/gluten free products taste like crap.

13 posted on 05/17/2009 7:55:05 AM PDT by bluegirl
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To: yankeedame; neverdem
Why are so many adults suddenly getting allergies?

Chinese additives and allergy “thresholds”

14 posted on 05/17/2009 7:58:17 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: yankeedame

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2009/05/15/can-cigarettes-decrease-the-effect-of-respiratory-allergies/

Who the heck knows?


15 posted on 05/17/2009 7:58:45 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: Frogtacos

I have a friend who started off with an allergy to latex as a nurse. Her allergies snowballed from there. I think her non-allergies at last count were NOT to cottage cheese, rice, some meats, and some chocolates. Yet, she doesn’t let this keep her from living life fully and doesn’t inconvenience anyone else over it.


16 posted on 05/17/2009 8:01:18 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: bluegirl
I had what Dr's diagnosed as Adult Onset Chronic Asthma and allergies. We now know I was vitamin “D” deficient. Had no windows in my classroom. So got very little sun from October till March.

No more inhalers and can now eat almost anything I want. Am taking supplements and getting plenty of outdoor exercise.

17 posted on 05/17/2009 8:01:20 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: Ditter

Mine was scallops. I love scallops but if I eat them now I pass out. I really miss them, especially the bacon wrapped ones.... mmmmm bacon.....


18 posted on 05/17/2009 8:04:26 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: yankeedame

I developed an allergy to fragrances at 21. One day perfumes just started making me physically ill. It’s not as life threatening as food allergies but it’s a lot harder to avoid the things that make me sick.


19 posted on 05/17/2009 8:05:25 AM PDT by JenB
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To: mkmensinger

I just assumed it was Bush’s fault.


20 posted on 05/17/2009 8:05:59 AM PDT by alicewonders
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To: N3WBI3

No, because I am also severely allergic to all metals except yellow gold. I carry a card in my wallet, next to my driver’s license.


21 posted on 05/17/2009 8:08:24 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: bluegirl
I feel for you, I am allergic to corn and corn is in more things than wheat. I used to be able to eat a tamale or some corn chips as long as I didn't over do it. Then I became more sensitive and now I can't tolerate any corn. It is made worse because of corn syrup being so widely used and things like dextrose and Maltodextrin are in all kinds of products, both made from corn.
22 posted on 05/17/2009 8:08:28 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: mysterio

Bingo.


23 posted on 05/17/2009 8:08:42 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Frogtacos
and is allergic to latex as well.

Is your dad Catholic? Most devout Catholics are allergic to Latex.

24 posted on 05/17/2009 8:09:35 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Dutch Boy

yeah, I know I have had to give up quite a few things .... like chocolate for instance.......... ~sob~


25 posted on 05/17/2009 8:10:23 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: bluegirl
Did you get tested for Celiac disease? I was diagnosed with that when I was a toddler.
26 posted on 05/17/2009 8:11:21 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring
Is your dad Catholic? Most devout Catholics are allergic to Latex.

LOL no.
27 posted on 05/17/2009 8:17:07 AM PDT by Frogtacos (It all went to hell when we started cooking outside and crapping inside.)
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To: yankeedame
Re: the environmental allergies

How about this theory for the huge increase:

1) Children's clothes are no longer being dried in the open (ex. on clotheslines), where they became imbedded with small amounts of pollen etc., which de-sensitized people as they wore the clothing.

2) Homes are now air-conditioned, with filters, and children spend less time outside. Again, they are not being exposed to small amounts of environmental allergens early in life.

Have at me Freepers!

28 posted on 05/17/2009 8:18:36 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: mkmensinger

Exactly. Global warming is the most likely explanation of anything you can’t explain.


29 posted on 05/17/2009 8:25:08 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: N3WBI3
Well if he is allergic to latex you might want to test for a sensitivity to Bananas

I'm glad I read through the responses before replying, lol. I thought you were making some sort of joke about condoms.

I had an allergy to acrylic fabric in childhood, and wool too, so I could only wear cotton. Grew out of the acrylic allergy, but wool still breaks me out in a rash, as does anything with lanolin in it.

30 posted on 05/17/2009 8:26:40 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: mysterio

It could be genetic. When you take survival of the fittest out of the equation, as modern medicine has in recent years, the gene pool goes to pot.


31 posted on 05/17/2009 8:27:14 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: mkmensinger

Indirectly, they do:

“According to Allergy UK, this might be because pollen is being released earlier in the year, adding to the overall amount of pollen in the atmosphere.”


32 posted on 05/17/2009 8:33:43 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

I’ve often thought the same thing. The huge increase in allergies seems to have begun along about the time everybody started worrying about making their houses more airtight to save on heating and a/c bills. Prior to that, when most threw their windows open in warm weather, I just don’t recall so many people with severe allergies. I remember knowing just one asthma sufferer in my childhood, and recall feeling so sorry for him.

Wall to wall carpeting and vinyl, replacing hardwood and tile, in those sealed up houses can’t help, either. Came along at about the same time, too. Even well-vacuumed carpeting is going to retain a surprising amount of insect parts and excrement, shedded skin cells, etcetera, not to mention the outgassing of the fiber and backing itself.

Another thing would be the global supply chain, with foods most often coming from a long way away. Local foods, local allergens, enabling the body to acclimate.


33 posted on 05/17/2009 8:35:28 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Frogtacos

Shrimp is on my no-no list, too. The funny thing is that I hated shrimp when I was a little kid, grew to like them, and then noticed my chest and throat tightening one day when I was eating them. I am allergic to about a dozen other things, too, now but shrimp is the one that scares me. I am in my 30s and most of these allergies have only developed in the last five to ten years. Latex bothers me, too, but very ripe or cooked bananas don’t.


34 posted on 05/17/2009 8:37:33 AM PDT by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: Judith Anne

Metals... That is a rare one, Im sorry for that..


35 posted on 05/17/2009 8:40:09 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3
How me process foods, what we put into them and (in my view only) the continuing trend of GMO foods is causing more allergies to form. We still don’t know exactly what causes them. You make a good point. Although a bit hippy, I have been making a concious effort to eat more locally grown stuff and cook from scratch. I think this has helped. The one I noticed the most is keeping fresh cut, locally grown lavender in the house. I don't know what properties are in that, but a bunch in one closet made a huge difference. I still can't eat bleu cheese from August until the first freeze though (can't tolerate high mold counts).
36 posted on 05/17/2009 8:41:11 AM PDT by PrincessB (The change he's peddling isn't something I believe in.)
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To: Dutch Boy
I was allergic to EK for a long time. Made me sick every time I went near it.
I'm much better now :>)
37 posted on 05/17/2009 8:43:41 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

I am not “having at it” because I agree with you and your point about the children’s clothes is one I haven’t thought of, but makes sense. I do believe we don’t carry enough natural antibodies anymore.


38 posted on 05/17/2009 8:44:09 AM PDT by PrincessB (The change he's peddling isn't something I believe in.)
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To: Dutch Boy

I grew up thinking I was shrimp allergic I had several bad reactions in my life. When my girls showed their allergies we did a panel on the whole family (something that could not happen with socialized medicine)..

Turns out I am not shrimp allergic, but allergic to certain preservatives used on ships with nor refrigeration.

I know how you feel about the scallops because shrimp is about my favorite thing and I want years without it..


39 posted on 05/17/2009 8:44:13 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: conservative cat

Shrimp, Fish, Nuts, and Peanuts are generally going to be the more scary allergies..

Peanuts in particular follow a distinctly non linear progression of severity..


40 posted on 05/17/2009 8:47:31 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: LZ_Bayonet
1) Children's clothes are no longer being dried in the open (ex. on clotheslines), where they became imbedded with small amounts of pollen etc., which de-sensitized people as they wore the clothing.

My wife refuses to allow a clothesline for the very reasons you mentioned. Well, that and she thinks it's low class. (I am just the messenger)

2) Homes are now air-conditioned, with filters, and children spend less time outside. Again, they are not being exposed to small amounts of environmental allergens early in life.

I agree. We open our windows whenever we can. But, when we built the house we have to pretty much prove it was air tight to the building inspector to get the permit.

41 posted on 05/17/2009 8:47:44 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: PrincessB
You make a good point. Although a bit hippy

I know it hurts me to do so but at least my reasons are a little more 'non hippy'... Its not about 'the planets sacred maaannnnnnnn' Its more about For Christians) God probablly gave us the right foods for our body For Atheist) We evolved with this set of food proteins why muck it up.. Whatever the case remember when margarine was sooooooo much better for us than butter? -- The one I noticed the most is keeping fresh cut, locally grown lavender in the house Hmm My wife has some allergies Ill have to look into the lavender.

42 posted on 05/17/2009 8:51:11 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: yankeedame

Mmmmmmmmm I sitting here eating reduced fat chunky peanut butter out of the jar....yum.


43 posted on 05/17/2009 8:51:27 AM PDT by geege
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To: yankeedame

there is money to be made convincing city women they are allergic to life. The campaign has been successful


44 posted on 05/17/2009 8:52:12 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: raybbr

......children spend less time outside.....

Many girls beyond the age of 12 virtually never go outside.


45 posted on 05/17/2009 8:54:33 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: yankeedame

flouride, Mandrake


46 posted on 05/17/2009 9:06:04 AM PDT by usshadley (It's time to choose..the empire or the republic? You can't have both. Time is running out.)
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To: geege
Unusually when the fat is removed from food the manufacturers put flavor enhancers into it to make it taste better. Maltodestrin, MSG, disodium insonate disodium guyanalate etc. so your taste buds are fooled.
47 posted on 05/17/2009 9:22:40 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: yankeedame

Too many people are now growing up in artificial urban environments. They just don’t develop normal immune systems.


48 posted on 05/17/2009 9:31:25 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Ditter

Yep your right....I’m looking at the jar and they’re all in there but boy is it good!!!!!


49 posted on 05/17/2009 9:32:25 AM PDT by geege
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To: N3WBI3

Yes, and surprisingly, I can’t use hair color at all. There is metal in almost every hair coloring, it’s a fixative for the colorant. Could be lead, iron, nickel, or other metals, but they are there, as I found to my painful surprise.

All my jewelry is yellow gold, at least 12K. And still, some of that will break out my skin. It doesn’t help to use gold-filled jewelry, either, I can tell almost immediately.


50 posted on 05/17/2009 9:35:27 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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