40 strange allergies that might sound unbelievable, but they are real

40 strange allergies that might sound unbelievable, but they are real

As someone with an inexplicable allergy that occasionally makes me look like a toad and itch after napping in a field of nettles, I find these strange allergies very relatable. Really, you never know what your not-so-loyal body is going to throw at you next sometimes! Will you have an allergic reaction to the pollen that comes from the trees that are merrily spread all over where you live? Is it going to be your own sweat, for God’s sake?! Sun?? The smell of your loved one?!? Really, body, sometimes you outdo not only yourself but also the figments of our wildest imaginations, with these unusual allergies.

Anyway, this is our list dedicated to the weirdest and rarest allergies ever documented. If you have any of these, we are truly terribly sorry. Even if it’s something as ridiculous as cockroach poop or taking a shower, we understand how much of an obstacle these extreme allergies can be when you’re just trying to go about your day. Hopefully, though, you’re an allergy-free person, and these weird food allergies (well, not just food—you can literally be allergic to all) listed here will satisfy your scientific curiosity, not the hope of finding your mystery disease listed here. If that’s the part that piques your curiosity, you’re in for a real treat! And if you thought that people were basically only allergic to oranges, peanuts and shellfish, your existing idea about allergies will be crushed. Not to spoil the fun, but, among countless other things, you can be allergic to your own child. Your. Own. Child!

So, ready to check out the curiosities we’ve collected in this list? If so, scroll down and check out these very unlikely but very true allergies that people have. And, if you have words of sympathy for those who actually live with these sad allergies, please share them in the comments section.

Bandages – If you are allergic to adhesive bandages, you will often react to acrylate and methacrylate – chemicals commonly used in adhesive tapes to make them sticky. The two types of reactions to such an allergy are irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

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Vibration – For people who suffer from vibration urticaria, coming into contact with something that vibrates – a lawnmower or, say, a motorcycle – can cause itching, swelling, blurred vision and headaches.

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Touching – For people with dermatographia, even a light scratch becomes a raised red line and causes the skin to swell. Approximately five percent of the population suffers from dermatographia, although many people with it never seek medical attention.

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Getting outside – People with solar urticaria – an allergy to the sun – can take medication to control symptoms, but if left untreated, exposure to sunlight can cause everything from skin rashes to nausea.

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Tomatoes – this is not so rare, but imagine being Italian and allergic to tomatoes?! The main clinical manifestations of this allergy include oral allergy syndrome (OAS), urticaria, dermatitis, systemic reactions, rhinitis, abdominal pain and anaphylaxis.

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Coins – nickel allergy is often associated with earrings and other low-quality jewelry. But nickel can be found in many everyday items, such as coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, cosmetics, detergent, and even some electronics, including cell phones and laptops. Contact with nickel can cause sores that itch and usually subside after the culprit is out of sight.

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Books – used bookstores and libraries are known for their musty sweet smell, but people with dust allergies can have serious problems in these places! The same goes for attics, basements, pantries and, yes, bookshelves in your house. Basically everywhere there is dust!

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Wool – there is something called textile or clothing dermatitis and it is a form of contact dermatitis. Your skin reacts to the fibers in your clothes and can cause an itchy sensation.

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Your own child – Pemphigoid gestationis is a painful skin allergy associated with pregnancy. This autoimmune disease causes itchy bumps and blisters on the abdomen that can spread all over the body.

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Wine – When someone says they are allergic to wine, they are actually allergic to sulfites. Well, usually. Sulfites are compounds found in wines and dark beers and can cause itchy eyes and stuffy noses.

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Showering – People suffering from aquagenic urticaria get hives every time their skin comes into contact with water. On the other hand, the symptoms usually disappear within an hour, but once they come into contact with the water, it starts all over again.

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Heat – when a person with this allergy is exposed to heat or sweats, small itchy sores may appear. It is called cholinergic urticaria.

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Laundry Detergent – If you are allergic to the colors or fragrances in the laundry detergent, even if you are wearing the shirt unwashed, it will cause an antihistamine response. Best to use hypoallergenic!

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Steak – A certain type of tick—the Lone Star tick—can cause its victims to develop an allergy to red meat. According to JAMA research, these ticks make their victims allergic to alpha-gal carbohydrates found in cows, pigs and other game.

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Vacuuming – when you vacuum, the dust and mold that has settled in your carpet will be pulled out and blown around your house. And then you could experience a spike in allergic reactions.

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Exercise – exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) is a rare disorder in which anaphylaxis occurs after physical activity. Redness, hives, wheezing, nausea and many other symptoms may appear.

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Hypoallergenic Dogs – The fact is that “hypoallergenic” dogs can produce just as many allergens as their furry, shedding cousins. So, do your research before you adopt!

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Allergy medications – Of course, it is possible to develop an allergy to allergy medications. However, people who suffer from this allergy are usually sensitive to the dyes and additives found in medicines, rather than the anti-allergy chemicals themselves.

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Hot dogs – Hot dogs are highly processed food with many obscure additives. An allergic reaction after eating hot dogs can be caused by any number of these ingredients, but nitrate and nitrite additives are usually believed to be to blame.

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Grass – A grass allergy is often accompanied by symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or wheezing asthma after exposure to grass pollen. Allergic rhinitis caused by grass allergy can cause itchy eyes and throat, sneezing and runny nose.

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Pancake Mix – If you have a known mold allergy, be careful about consuming old pancake mix—or any old dry mix, for that matter. According to a case study published in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, a man went into anaphylactic shock and died after eating two-year-old pancake mix because the dry mix was contaminated with mold. So be careful out there!

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Pants Buttons – Nikal strikes again, this time on your clothes. “The button on the waist of jeans and other trousers is usually made of nickel,” says Dr. McGrath. “For people who wear low-waisted underwear, that metal can be exposed directly to the skin and cause a small circular red rash.”

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Marijuana – Yes, it can cause allergic reactions, including nasal congestion, itchy eyes, wheezing and coughing. Symptoms of asthma and seasonal allergies, triggered by exposure to cannabis plants themselves.

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Hairy caterpillars – According to a study published in The Scientific World Journal, one type of hairy caterpillar called the Pine Processionary caterpillar, “causes dermatological reactions in humans on contact with irritating larval hairs.” So think twice before petting these shaggy worms!

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Tattoos – According to a study published in Contact Dermatitis, four percent of people who got tattoos experienced a short-term rash immediately after the process, and six percent of people had skin problems that lasted longer than four months.

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Cockroach droppings – Just the thought of cockroaches makes almost everyone cringe, but it can be even worse if you’re allergic to them.

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Semen – It is quite rare, but it has been documented that women can have an allergic reaction to their partner’s semen, which can include redness, burning, itching and swelling in areas where the liquid has been exposed to their skin.

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Acrylic nails – products used in nail salons, such as nail glue, nail polish, and acrylic nails themselves, can cause contact dermatitis rashes.

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Hair dye – Hair dye allergies only affect about 1 in every 250,000 people, but when they do occur they can be serious. Swelling, itching and redness are symptoms to watch out for when trying to change your hair color.

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Mango Peel – Mangoes can also cause the skin to itch to the touch. In mango, urushiol is found in high concentrations in the peel and the fruit just below the peel. Contact with it can cause contact dermatitis in most people.

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Makeup – Allergies to makeup only affect the area of ​​skin where you applied the irritating product. For example, if it’s an eye shadow, you might have puffy and puffy eyelids. The symptoms will be localized and will not affect the rest of your body.

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Bean Bags – One case study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that a 6-year-old with a soy allergy suffered from mild respiratory distress due to none other than a bean bag, which was filled with dry soybeans. So, a soy allergy can absolutely catch you off guard!

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Peppermint – Peppermint can uncommonly cause food allergy or skin allergy symptoms, but it is possible that the allergy occurs more often than stated. After all, the icy sweetness of mint is the plant’s defense mechanism!

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Latex – If you are allergic to latex, you might get small itchy sores, see redness and swelling on your skin.

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Glitter – slag, a natural mineral used as glitter in handicrafts, is a common skin irritant. And if you find that you are allergic to Mica, pay attention to the powders and powders you use, because it is also found in many cosmetic products.

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Potatoes – People with this allergy may have a reaction immediately after touching, peeling or eating potatoes. Symptoms can vary, but usually include rhinitis, itchy eyes, runny nose, and red, itchy skin.

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Blue food coloring – Blue food coloring, called Blue 2, allergy symptoms include hypersensitivity. You can find it in products such as pastries, cereals, sweets and various snacks.

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Potting soil – soil can contain mold spores, so be careful when replanting your green leaves.

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Your humidifier – A few people develop what is known as “humidifier fever,” a reaction that can mimic pneumonia.

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