5 Wild Allergies You (Well, Maybe) Never Knew Existed!
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Most of us have heard about the common allergies - food allergies, hay fever, latex, medicine. But what about the not-so-common allergies, the ones that don't get nearly enough attention. We've......

Most of us have heard about the common allergies - food allergies, hay fever, latex, medicine. But what about the not-so-common allergies, the ones that don't get nearly enough attention. We've compiled a list of 5 of the wildest allergies we could find, for your perusal.

So, ditch the skinny jeans and leather jacket, get out of the bar, stay warm and no writing on yourself! (We promise that will make more sense after you read the slides)

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As always AllergyAble aims to help people with allergies live better lives at home, at work and at play.

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  • 1. 5 Wild Allergies This is one of them. (Don’t Shoot The Messenger) You Never (Well, Maybe) Knew Existed.  
  • 2. Beer (We warned you.) You sit down with a group of friends at a party and you are offered a frothy little slice of liquid happiness. You take a sip and suddenly, your face is flushed, your nose is running and you’re nauseous. After heading out to your doctor to find out what went on, he gives you one of the only pieces of bad news to rival that of the zombie apocalypse… you’re allergic to beer.
  • 3. So, you don’t think it could happen to you, huh? Check out this video about irony in its purest form. (Just click the pic)
  • 4.                           The culprit of such an allergy most times lies in a hypersensitivity to a protein known as ‘LTP’ or Lipid Transfer Protein, which is found in barley, a common ingredient in many beers. Common reactions can vary greatly and include itchy skin, hives, nausea and headaches.   According to the Food and Drug Administration, beer (and wine) allergies affect about 1 percent of the population of the United States (about 3,139,000 people).   Yikes. WHAT WOULD CAUSE SUCH A THING??
  • 5. Remember the lovely fashion trend that involved a lot of spandex and leg warmers and scrunchies… Yeah, a lot of us have been trying to forget. Especially those affected with this allergy. An allergy to touch, also known as dermographism is a type of physical urticaria. The word dermographism literally means “skin writing”. Aptly named, due to the fact that a person with this allergy could write their name on their skin, using their fingernail. A reaction can also be triggered by wearing clothing that’s too tight, so nix the spandex! While you’re at it, get rid of the parachute pants, and anything neon green too. Seriously, do it now.  
  • 6.                           HOW CAN I TREAT A REACTION?? Luckily, with this allergy, the rash it causes usually goes away within 15-30 minutes. There are also several antihistamines you can use to control the itching sensation.
  • 7. Money I always thought that money was allergic to me… So what gives? Apparently, nickel does. If you find yourself becoming itchy and red after handling coins or jewelry, odds are you are having a reaction to the nickel found in these items. It’s in a bunch of other products too (such as zippers, musical instruments and food). The reaction from the nickel usually begins within 24-48 hours after the initial exposure. The reaction usually appears on the site of contact, however it may appear elsewhere on your body as well. Symptoms can include rash, itching, dry patches of skin and blisters.  
  • 8.                           Much like the allergy to touch mentioned earlier, this allergy is relatively easy to treat. The best courses of action are to avoid the trouble making substance(s), take an antihistamine and perhaps invest in a topical steroid cream for the rash. Blisters and cracked skin from dry patches open up the possibility for infection. Keep an eye out for any puss, increasing redness or pain. *See your doctor immediately if you suspect your symptoms are getting worse.* HOW CAN I TREAT A REACTION??
  • 9. Clothes & Shoes Sorry Sandy, this isn’t the one you want, or the one you need. Do you want us to tell you about it…stud? Alright, that’s enough of that. I’m afraid this information would’ve been less than popular in the 1950’s. This allergy is known as leather- induced contact dermatitis. And it’s surprisingly common! The World Allergy Organization estimates that it may affect as many as 1 in 500 people. So, what happens if you need to put on that leather jacket to meet up with the T-birds, for a musical number on the bleachers (or, you know, in real life if you just happen to accidentally come into contact with some leather)? Not to worry, it’s pretty easy to treat. Dab your skin with a damp cloth, or get yourself some topical steroid cream.   Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation © 1978.
  • 10.                           The culprit responsible for this allergy is a type of formaldehyde resin called Pera-tertiary butylphenol or PTBP, which is used to treat most manufactured leather products. PARA-WHAT WAS THAT??
  • 11. Cold Cold urticaria affects more people than you’d think, about 6 million in the United States alone. I hope none of them live in Wisconsin. Rates are typically higher in tropical or very cold regions, according to the journal Practical Dermatology. The cause is a histamine reaction causing your blood vessels to contract in response to cold stimuli, whether that be a dramatic drop in temperature, cold air, or cold water. In other words, don’t be quick to sign up for the polar bear dive. Ironically you can even have a reaction on a warm day, if a person is sweating and a breeze comes along, it could rapidly cool the skin triggering a reaction.
  • 12. Reality Check Though I’ve made some humorous quips, allergies of any kind are no laughing matter. Paige Taylor can attest to that. Her allergy to cold is very real and very deadly. Click the pic to hear her story. Courtesy of City News™ Toronto.
  • 13.                           Yep! The symptoms of this allergy are typically hives (raised, itchy bumps), but in extreme cases hypotension and anaphylaxis - both life-threatening reactions - can occur. Scary stuff. The treatment of this particular allergy is simple yet complex. Most importantly stay warm, the use of antihistamines – both oral and topical – may be able to control the hives. People with this allergy may need to carry an epinephrine auto-injector for severe reactions. Anyone with a suspected allergy should see their doctor to develop their own plan. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW??
  • 14. AllergyAble™ aims to help people with allergies live better lives at home, at work and at play! Thanks for Reading! We hope you enjoyed it. Let’s keep in touch! Like Link Follow Mail Pin Visit