Check Out Some Of The Weirdest Things People Can Be Allergic To
So, there's the typically common known allergies: pollen, mold, weeds, bees, pet dander, dust, and peanuts... but do you ever wonder what some of the weirder things people can be allergic to are? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nasal allergies in America alone effect over 50 million of us and the rate is increasing.
Well, I took medicine this past winter to combat a nasty case of strep throat, only to be allergic to the very medicine I was taking! Even more recently, I developed an allergy to a necklace I had started wearing. So... I took to the internet to figure out what weird, random things in this crazy world people can be allergic to! And, the results were awfully surprising.
-Leather: People can be allergic to their shoes! This allergy is known as contact dermatitis because once the person comes in to contact with the allergen a rash can break out along with other symptoms. A good way to avoid this kind of reaction if you are allergic is to wear socks or buy a different pair of shoes!
-The Sun: This allergy should be called Vampire-itis... simply for the fact that those who suffer from it can't go in the sun barely at all! I can't even imagine having a life where sun bathing isn't possible or causes pain, but for some people that is exactly their reality.
-Pressure: Don't put your elbows on the table! - because the pressure will cause erythematous swelling followed by itching for about 24 hours... The most common sites of suffering from this allergen are hands, feet, bum, and legs. Urticaria lesions can also develop at the site of the pressure which contribute to the itching. According to an article from the George Washington University School of Medicines and Health Sciences, the most common cause of breakouts for those with this allergy involves standing, walking, wearing tight clothes, and sitting or leaning on hard surfaces. So, pretty much you'd have to live in a house of pillows to overcome this allergen.
-Exercise: "I'm allergic to exercise!" Now, that my friend, is the greatest excuse in the book. Stunningly enough, its true for some people out there! In minor cases exercise can lead to hives. In extreme cases however, similar to those with bee allergies, the exercise can lead to anaphylaxis which causes a severe blood pressure drop requiring an immediate emergency injection of epinephrine - an 'epi pen' in order to stabilize the situation. This is the excuse of the century.
-Semen........ So, this could be a problem for women who wish to get pregnant although there are allergy shots available to work against the reactions. This is a very rare allergen and typically seen in women although men can have it to (Yes, men can be allergic to.. essentially themselves).
Last on my list....... WATER: Now this just does not seem right. Extremely rare, this allergy is known as aquagenic urticaria and describes those who suffer from hives caused by contact with WATER. Although it is extremely rare, how is this even possible? How can they survive? I remember being little and always being told water is the essential item pretty much everything needs to survive. Hives and itching are said to go away within 15 to 30 minutes... but ultimately how can these poor people even take a shower? No relaxing baths or kissing in the rain, I guess.