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Re: Iodine is a very common sensitizing agent
AUS62 at aol_com wrote:
> I have not encountered such a problem, but suspect the frozen brine shrimp as
> that would release iodine. Severe allergic reactions are common with iodine
> and a number of deaths have occurred from people being injected intravenously
> with iodine dyes as for special X-ray exams such as intravenous pyelograms.
> Everyone suffering from those allergics reactions must make certain their
> physicians know in event they may wish to use some of the special tests with
> iodine based dyes. I have no info on bloodworms per se. Are the allergic
> reactions reported only with both agents - frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms?
> Harry Specht
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I seem to be getting in on this discussion on both lists, as it
Speaking as a long time allergy-guy, the reaction to bloodworms is quick
and predictable in my case. Freeze dried, it's classic asthma, but
there's also a skin contact problem with the frozen version - tingling,
numbness and swelling. Brine shrimp is no problem for me, and frozen
bloodworm, if I don't touch it, is also okay. I can handle frozen brine
bare-handed, and it just makes me feel like I'm outside on a lovely
Canadian january day.
Somewhere, I read midge larvae had a similarity to dust mites, as an
allergen. Certainly, my reaction is identical to both. While I've had
allergies all my life, I haven't been allergic to many things at
once(just a lot of "brand" loyalty). I offer my reaction as anecdotal
evidence of a possible similarity between the two creatures.
BTW - while I hande bloodworms with extreme caution, I love them as fish
food. The egg production my killies give me with once daily feedings is
only slightly less than what I get with whiteworms or bbs.
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