Anything Goes for Allergies

By Heather Legg

It’s always interesting to come upon one of those odd things that people are allergic to, and apparently you can be allergic to anything from avocados to furniture polish to sunscreen to the sun. You can be born with these allergies or develop them alter, but anytime you have a new reaction, be careful and take care of it. Allergies can go away or get worse over time, you just never know.

Here’s a great article on eleven odd allergies on Abcnews.go.com. Some of the allergies touched on are:

Water -aquagenic urticaria, which causes someone to get hives when skin comes in contact with water.

Heat and cold – some people develop hives when the body is exposed to heat or cold. Put an ice cube on the body, and a hive will develop.

Cell phones (or nickel really) – nickel is a metal that’s used in a wide variety of products, including jewelry, belt buckles and watch bands. It’s the most common cause of contact dermatitis in the developed world.

Other items with nickel, like chairs and flutes – “You can get blisters, you can get scarring,” said Dr. Sharon Jacob, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of California at San Diego.. “We’re seeing children as young as 4, and they’re becoming scarred from this.” Other patients have more challenging cases to solve. Jacob once treated a girl who developed severe lip dermatitis after playing a flute containing the metal.

Black Henna tattoos – For thousands of years, people in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have decorated their bodies with henna, but in recent decades, adulterations in the dye used for these temporary tattoos have resulted in painful allergic reactions (you should check out the pic, oww).

Exercise – It’s the perfect excuse: I can’t exercise because I’m allergic to it. Sure, it sounds like a joke but a rare condition called exercise-induced anaphylaxis can result in an allergic reaction during exercise, and it can be severe enough to kill the exerciser. (I’ve heard of this, sometimes certain food can trigger it.)

Cancer Drug – Medications are designed to make us better, but on occasion, a drug sparks an allergic reaction that can kill. In the case of cetuximab, also known as Erbitux, an intravenous drug given to people with colon cancer as well as head and neck cancer, an unusually high rate of allergic reactions in patients from certain parts of the U.S. puzzled doctors. (I had a friend with this condition and finally she was able to find a drug that worked with her body and is now cancer free.)

Some other odd allergies listed are ladybugs, caterpillars, and chocolate. You just never know…

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Artrena Davis:

I am looking for an answer to something that actually is happening in our yoga class. We have a new student who says she is allergic to scents. I do not wear colonge to class but I bathe in a scented bath. Today which was the last day of class. she complained to the instructer that she thought what ever scent I had on my body was making her throat close. How should I take this remark?? Is there any particular way this should be handled. I am not feeling particularly good about this. Am I being to sensitive??? Can yoy help???

April 6th, 2011 | 11:05 am
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