Thursday , 27 November 2014

Confession: I’m Allergic to Humans

I was cleaning up today and at some point in time took a break to scratch and tweeted the following:

You see, I’m allergic to dust.  Now, you may think “mami, who isn’t?”.  I was actually tested! When they performed the allergy test on me, it was found that I was allergic to the 2 types of dust mites (who knew there were 2 types?).  The doctor used the word “severely” after the 2nd test brought about hives on my arms that took more than a week to disappear.  I was also found to be allergic to German roaches.  Of course, I was a little pissed off that no one told me they were injecting me with roach juice but, that’s another story for another day.

The findings explain the fact that every once in a while I’d be in the office handling paperwork, I would touch my face and then would feel the hotness from an allergy start to flourish wherever I had just touched. It’s tons of fun but, don’t try this at home.

After having a few back and forths with my tweeps today, a convo with Not Blessed Mama got me thinking: where does all this dust come from? Well, I wish I hadn’t asked (and if you keep reading, you will too)!

After thorough research (read: one Google search with the following words: where does dust come from in a house? I mean, I had to get back to cleaning, people!) here are the gross facts. Actually, it’s only one but the plural sounds better:

70% of dust is made up of human skin!!!!!! WTF?!?

Here’s a direct quote from Science Shorts:

Dry skin is a translucent grey colour.  Of course humans come in different colours, but the pigments which colour our skin are found beneath the layer that we shed.  Blood vessels, too, are much deeper down, and are not lost as skin sheds.  Therefore, there is neither blood nor pigment to colour the grey skin dust.

I should probably make this post more scientific by giving you more facts but, do you really care after reading that ONE? I know I don’t! But being the responsible blogger that I am, I continued on and found that Science Daily begs to differ.  Apparently, 60% of the dust in our homes comes from outdoors.  That sounds much better, right?

But, who can get rid of the thought that we shed 30-40,000 dead skin cells each and every minute?  And that as you breathe in, you are breathing in someone’s dead skin?  I can’t unsee that and so, I share it with you because, I need company in my icky feeling.

So to my list of things I am allergic to I must now add humans.  Or would it be more accurate if I said dead humans? Sheesh, if the zombie apocalypse ever comes, I’ll be a great zombie radar!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go bathe.

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About Sili

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

8 comments

  1. Now I’ll start seeing ghosts every time I clean and you’ll be the one responsible…..that makes you a responsible blogger alright!! Yuck!
    Corinne Rodrigues recently posted..Outside The Box Anyone?My Profile

  2. Disgusting truth? hehehe! :-D
    Irene @ Inspiration From The Little Things recently posted..Quote Of The DayMy Profile

  3. I knew about this, but being a cleanliness freak, I want my house clean and don’t mind a few sneezes while doing so.

  4. Hello.
    This is just too gross. Put me right off my morning smoothie!
    Now I see why my wife’s always cleaning.
    Urgggh…spit…spit…yuck…sneeze…cough…urgggh! LOL!
    Andy recently posted..MIDNIGHT RAINBOWMy Profile

  5. ha! funny post! i might be allergic to humans, too (but not because of the whole dust thing – just because i’m bitchy ;o).
    Monica DeLaCruz recently posted..I’m kind of A Big Deal (and I am serious this time).My Profile

  6. Ewwwwwwwwww haha thanks for the interesting facts….I think most of my dust is from pet dander – I have a cat and a dog, so I’m outnumbered in my little house 2-to-1!
    Maureen recently posted..Little White Lie….My Profile

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