Weird Allergies

By Heather Legg

With Halloween coming, I thought it would be interesting to look into some of the odder allergies around. We hear about (and most of us reading this actually live with) food allergies and pollen allergies, dog and cat allergies and other environmentals like smoke and perfume. However, there are some doozies out there, so you never know what kind of allergy you or someone you love can develop.

1) Vibrations – Apparently, though very rare, people can break out in rashes or hives from vibrations in the air from things like lawnmowers and heavy machinery. The immune system senses something and reacts producing histamines, this skin irritation arises. Antihistamines can help.
2) Money – In essence, it is the nickel in the money, not the money itself that causes the contact dermatitis. Dry skin, rashes, redness and blisters can occur, and it is usually made worse with sweating. Antihistamines and cortisone can help.
3) Water – I’ve heard of this one, Aquagenic urticaria. It is rare but causes hives, welts and lesions on the skin where water has come in contact. Many experts do think it is something in the water, rather than the water itself. Antihistamines do not help as it is not caused by histamines, instead capsaicin tablets are recommended.
4) Deodorant – This one to me is not so strange as I believe I used to have it. Usually the effects come from the perfumes in the deodorant or antiperspirant, especially after shaving the underarms when the skin is vulnerable. For those with trouble with perfume free deodorant, there is prescription available, or the natural deodorants like the salt crystal sticks.
5) Shoes – Red, itching, flaky skin can be caused from the chemicals added in the production of shoes. Often sweat plays a part as the feet can’t “breath” and rashes and itchiness is caused. Wearing natural materials and practicing good foot hygiene may help.
6) Anesthesia – This can be scary as most people don’t know it until it sets in when they are already under. Some people have trouble with dental novacaine, too, and can’t be numbed during dental work.
7) Sun – Solar urticaria causes hives, rashes and other skin conditions. Sunscreens really don’t help but covering the skin with clothes and hats does. Prescriptions medicines are available to help.

Clearly, there is more to be allergic to than peanuts and dog hair. Though these above listed ones are very rare, they are still a life altering condition for those that have them. How do you avoid sunlight and water? Take a look at onlinenursepractitionerschools.com for the full story and more odd, but dangerous and/or annoying allergies, like cold, computers and sex.

2 Comments »

I seem to be allergic to the pads of dogs feet. All dogs big or small, clean or dirty, soft or hard.

April 18th, 2011 | 6:08 pm
Sarah:

I have read of people being allergic to the cold…

And sulfur dioxide is another. I’m allergic to that as well. Its a preservative added to dried fruits and stuff.

My friend is allergic to many preservatives as well, like BHT.

Some types of Anesthesia include soybean oil and egg, like propofol. You need to look up the ingredients. A lot of vaccines contain food allergy ingredients, too.

December 3rd, 2011 | 6:17 pm
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