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Old 11-12-2012, 05:38 PM   #31
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I realize this is an old thread, but wanted to share my recent run-in with freeze-dried bloodworms.

As a matter of habit, I usually wash my hands before and after handling any fish food. A couple months ago, I tossed a few pinches of freeze-dried bloodworms into one my tanks...and realized I was running late for dropping off my son the next town over. Without washing my hands, we jumped in the car and headed toward our destination.

After just a couple minutes, my left eye started feeling very strange. It was itchy and watering...and was rapidly getting worse. I was back home in about 30 minutes, and by then it looked like somebody had punched me. My eye was almost swollen shut. By a process of elimination, my guess was that I had rubbed my eye and it was a reaction to the freeze-dried bloodworms.

From that point on, I made sure to wash my hands thoroughly after handling the bloodworms.

About a month later, I ran out and opened a new container of bloodworms. Within seconds of tearing off the foil seal, I started sneezing violently (likely from inhaling dust from the newly opened container). My nose was running, and my throat started feeling very strange. After about 10 minutes the feeling in my throat got worse...it was painful to swallow. I knew exactly what was happening...I was having a serious allergic reaction. Realizing this could be quite serious, I went to the kitchen cupboard where we keep our vitamins and medicines, and found a bottle of allergy pills (antihistamine). I poured out a handful and chewed them up. I know...it was probably not the smartest thing to do...but after about a half hour, the symptoms started to subside.

Looking back, I realize I probably should have had my wife rush me to the ER...I think this was a potentially life-threatening situation. Not good. I immediately disposed of all the freeze-dried bloodworms in the house. I'll never use them again.

Funny thing...a few weeks later I was in a local Petco. I saw a lady feeding their bettas, and stepped closer to get a better look. When I got a few feet from her, I saw what she was feeding them...freeze-blood worms. I must have had a look of horror on my face as I backed away from her...because she looked at me really strange.

Anyway...that was my experience with an allergy to freeze-dried bloodworms.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:03 PM   #32
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You are not alone i am also allergic to bloodworms, freeze--dried are worse for me than frozen probably because i can inhale bloodworm dust with the dried ones, i still have issues with frozen ones, but i am a ot ore careful and havent had issues in a while
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #33
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I've had no issues with that. I am allergic to many things, but not bloodworms. I would think it would help to wear a mask when feeding bloodworms, but there are many other fish foods and it's not worth it for an allergy attack.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:36 PM   #34
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You could always spoon the blood worms into tank just a idea
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:39 AM   #35
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Taking benadryl (assuming you are not allergic to it) is an excellent idea if you've been exposed to an allergen and aren't having trouble breathing yet. If you went to the hospital, they'd give you epi and benadryl shots. You should get a prescription for an epi pen and get some liquid benadryl (so you can swallow it). Ridding your house of something that makes you ill is always a good idea. There are plenty of other things to feed fish. The severity of the next allergic reaction can jump unexpectedly, so plan for one worse than you've even had.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:43 AM   #36
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although i use and sell a lot of different foods ; for no reason will i use or sell freeze dried bloodworms....one inhalation of the dust and i am in ER....without treatment i would be dead within an hour....i use frozen but have to wear nitrile gloves...
vile nasty stuff....
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While I knew about the allergy dangers of freeze-dried bloodworms, I used them to feed my neon tetras. So do what I do, DON'T USE your fingers to handle bloodworms. Use a pair of tweezers EXCLUSIVELY for feeding bloodworms. Works for me.
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