7 Weird and Surprising Allergies

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7 Weird and Surprising Allergies

 

Allergies are a fact of life for many people, occurring when a body’s defense system overreacts to a foreign substance called an allergen. As a result, they experience several symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, body rashes, and in severe cases, life-threatening anaphylaxis. In the US alone, allergies affect an estimated 17 million adults and seven million children. 

Most of the allergies we know involve food, animal dander, dust, pollen, and mold. Thus, you might be surprised to learn that people can develop allergies to all kinds of odd things. Here are some examples:

 

 

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Medicine

It’s bothersome to know that as you attempt to treat another allergy with medicines, you’ll find yourself faced with twice as many issues as before. But these allergies are usually related to the dyes or other ingredients used in commercially available allergy meds. So if you have this kind of allergy, medical professionals can still help you. However, allergic reactions to medicine can get so severe, they can be life-threatening.

 

 

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Pressure

People are naturally clingy. Many of us love hugs, don’t we? However, many people have an allergy to physical pressure. According to Bustle, an online American women's magazine, this is known as ‘pressure urticaria’ which can cause irritation, burning, and skin pain that can linger long after the pressure has ended. This allergy can come from wearing a tight pair of jeans, leaning a hand against a window sill, or even just sitting. 

 

 

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Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veggies are important in ensuring a healthy body. However, some people suffer from oral allergy syndrome whenever they eat raw fruits or vegetables. They experience itching, burning, and pain in their throat. According to previous studies, the bodies of people suffering from this allergy think that the proteins in fruits and veggies appear similar to pollen molecules. 

 

 

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Sun

Also known as solar urticaria, this type of allergy causes people to develop hives when exposed to natural sunlight. Also, a reaction can occur from an artificial light source that’s emitting UV rays. According to List Verse, an online site that publishes lists that intrigue and educate, an individual who suffers from this can avoid allergic reactions by using sun protection strategies or by taking antihistamines. It is also important that they avoid or minimize sun exposure to prevent rashes from appearing.

 

 

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Water

An allergy to water sounds unbelievable because we are constantly surrounded by it. We need water to drink, to take a bath, and do almost anything else. However, this type of allergy is real and is known as aquagenic urticaria. This causes hives when someone afflicted with it comes in contact with water. Medical professionals are still not sure how exactly this allergy came about. Fortunately, it can be treated with antihistamines.

 

 

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Semen

This sounds impossible but some people are allergic to semen. In the US alone, between 20,000 and 40,000 people suffer from this. It causes itching, burning, swelling, and pain on the skin wherever they've come in contact with semen. In severe cases, people who have this kind of allergy can have a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This involves racing heart rates and the swelling of the throat. 

 

 

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Cockroaches

Being allergic to cockroaches can lead to asthmatic symptoms due to the proteins that come off of their bodies. People with this kind of allergy can even find themselves with hives simply from touching a place where a cockroach walked. Some of the ways to prevent this allergy include getting rid of any dead cockroaches and keeping one’s home clean. 

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