Frozen Blood Worm Allergies

krichardson

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I've handled bloodworms for decades with zero issues. It wasn't until sometime in my 4th decade of fishkeeping that I began to experience reactions to them.
I wonder if it has to do with some chemical that might be used in preservation process.
 

Oddball

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I wonder if it has to do with some chemical that might be used in preservation process.
It's a protein characteristic within the bloodworms themselves since reactions also occur with the live larvae.
 

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To safe, I get Brine Scrimp... the frozen bloodworm always looks like a hand made. All pieces of worm size and diameter and long looks evenly. Frozen Bloodworm hand made with corn starch
 

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Just figured out I am allergic to BW.

What happens is my eyes start to get a burning itch and worsen if I scratch. Back of my hands get itchy. I just pinned it to it only happens right after I feed fish BW's!!!

Sure enough its all over the net.

Wondering if any members here have same reactions or any Info on what and why makes them an allergen?

Funny thing is I am completely not allergic to anything at all but this lol.
Just fed frozen bloodworms the last two days for the first time and like 35 mins later my hands were burning and itching... Just connecting the two.
 

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Just fed frozen bloodworms the last two days for the first time and like 35 mins later my hands were burning and itching... Just connecting the two.
The best way to fix that is to give your eyes a really good rub.

No just kidding, seriously do NOT do that. I've made that mistake several times. It usually results in my eyes watering a little. So I rub them more, so they water a lot so I rub them a lot so they water HEAPS so I start rubbing them heaps. Then by the time I stop doing it unconsciously and pay attention my eyeballs are all red and have big watery blisters on them...
 

fishy5

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The best way to fix that is to give your eyes a really good rub.

No just kidding, seriously do NOT do that. I've made that mistake several times. It usually results in my eyes watering a little. So I rub them more, so they water a lot so I rub them a lot so they water HEAPS so I start rubbing them heaps. Then by the time I stop doing it unconsciously and pay attention my eyeballs are all red and have big watery blisters on them...
I know the feeling
 

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Disclaimer: I am not now, nor do I ever intend to be, a monster fish keeper! In fact, I'm sitting here waiting as patiently as I can for the UPS man to bring me my new DWARF blue crayfish. That said, I'm allergic to life, so do whatever you want with my advice.

Buy gloves.....get the nitrile ones. Do not buy latex. Do not play "reuse the gloves" just to make a box last longer. Throw them away. Handle the bloodworms as little as possible. It is possible, and maybe probable, that your allergy will get worse ever time you are exposed to the bloodworms. Keep benadryl handy - it will likely lessen the allergic reaction if you take it. It will also probably put you to sleep!

And last, but not least, if you have a spouse, partner, roommate, friend, etc who can deal with the bloodworms instead of you, ask them to do that. I know you like to feed your fish, but I bet you like to breath, as well.
 

Ritz.edm

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Just figured out I am allergic to BW.

What happens is my eyes start to get a burning itch and worsen if I scratch. Back of my hands get itchy. I just pinned it to it only happens right after I feed fish BW's!!!

Sure enough its all over the net.

Wondering if any members here have same reactions or any Info on what and why makes them an allergen?

Funny thing is I am completely not allergic to anything at all but this lol.
I also have allergies from bw and shrimp . I have to avoid directly touching them
 

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This is the first time I have heard of this, and I have been feeding bloodworms for a few years now.

I kept fish for many years and never fed anything except packaged fish food.

But I do suffer from certain allergies and now I'm itching just thinking about this.
:crazy:
 
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