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I'm allergic to nickel (cheap jeweleries), hot pepper, melted cheese (except mozzarella).:( No other allergies. I've got to sort out what i can eat when I go to a restaurant. I went once to New Orleans and i can assure you it was difficult to find something i could eat because the food is spicy in this state.

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i dont think im allergic to anything... atleast if i am i havent found our about it yet


im the sort of person that never ever gets sick... i mean, i can remember the last time i was sick and it was like 4 years ago. I guess i have a strong imune system, also not allergic to everything...

it's pretty strange


the only thing i do have is low blood pressure so i tend to faint alot

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I'm allergic to any animal that looses hair (yet my mother won't get rid of any of our animals, so my eyes are normally swollen :rolleyes: ) i can't lie on the floor or dust anything, so I assume I'm allergic to dust. Also, my body swelled up once after I ate an orange. occasionaly allergic to grass. there's probably more, i just haven't discovered them yet :(

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The bloodsucking worm that fights allergies from inside your tummy


by FIONA MACRAE - More by this author » Last updated at 19:04pm on 14th September 2007 commentIconSm.gif Comments

A bloodsucking tropical worm could hold the key to combating allergies, scientists believe.

Hook worms are thought to produce a substance that calms the overactive immune response behind our allergies.

They are already being tested on asthma patients, to see if they can ease their symptoms.

And in time the half-inch-long parasites could be used to treat a range of diseases linked to flaws in the immune system, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Today, the therapy is still in the trial stage - and is not for the squeamish.


wormDM1409_468x460.jpgClose-up: Hook worms are half an inch long


Attached to the arm with a sticking plaster, the worms burrow through the skin and move via the bloodstream and lungs into the gut.


Here they latch on to the wall and produce the substance, which is thought to be their way of switching off the parts of the immune system designed to get rid of them.

The Nottingham University scientists were inspired by years of work showing that those infected by hook worms do not suffer allergies.

They tested the parasites, commonly found in Asia and Africa, on at least 25 volunteers in two trials.

The first trial, in which volunteers had up to 100 worms wriggle into their gut, determined that ten worms could be given without sideeffects such as diarrhoea.

The second, involving hayfever sufferers, showed that the creatures do not increase breathing problems as they travel through the lungs.

The findings offer hope to the millions-of Britons who develop an allergy in their lifetime, as well the two million diabetics and 85,000 multiple sclerosis sufferers.

Researcher David Pritchard told the British Association Festival of Science in York: "I am keen not to oversell because it is still very early but the message so far is good."

Successful trials could lead to allergy sufferers being given a dose of the worms every five years or so.


inhalerDM1409_468x333.jpgCalming: The worms could ease asthma



Hook worms usually make their way into our bodies through the soles of the feet. They do not multiply inside the body and can be removed using worming tablets.

Eventually, it may be possible to create a drug that alters the immune system in the same way.

Muriel Simmons, of charity Allergy UK, said the study held out "real hope", but warned that more allergy specialists are needed to ensure patients get the treatment they need.

Hook worms are not the only creepy- crawlies being tested as alternatives to modern medicine.

Recently scientists used maggots to clean sores contaminated with MRSA while leeches have been found to ease pain and inflammation for arthritis sufferers.

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