March 13, 2017
Allergies

4 of the weirdest allergies you could have

‍One of the best parts of the allergy testing process is getting to see patients’ reactions to what they’re allergic to. The surprises are great, but it’s even better to be able to show people what around them is making them feel sick. And before you get worried about people needing to get rid of their dogs – they don’t! That’s what allergy drops and dog brushes are for. While allergies to animals and feathers can be surprising to some, they’re not completely unknown allergies. Here are five things that you probably never knew you could be allergic to.

#1 - Cockroaches A cockroach allergy surprises a lot people, but it’s actually pretty common. So common that it’s one of the 58 allergens our drops treat. An allergy to roaches is near impossible to find out about unless you’ve had an allergy test. You won’t be breaking out in hives at the thought of them, but they can cause hay fever like symptoms when they are around. For some people, it’s not the mold that is making it hard to breathe in their homes, but something else that is in their walls.

#2 – Exercise

Being allergic to exercise might be something you hear your co-workers joke about, but it’s something that is real and potentially very dangerous. People who are “allergic to exercise” are more prone to experiencing an allergic reaction to a food they recently ate before they exercise. This condition is called Food Related Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis. You can experience symptoms from hives to vomiting, fainting or even anaphylaxis. The increased blood flow and heart rate make their body prone to reactions than they wouldn’t be sitting idly.

#3 -  Sweat allergy

Another way you could be allergic to exercise or heat in general, is a condition where you’re allergic to sweat. Sufferers of this allergy have been identified in Japan as having hypersensitivity to their own sweat. It may also be what is referred to as one of the cholinergic urticarias. This can cause short-lasting hives that cover that skin due to sweat or heat

#4 – Allergic to money

There are two ways that people can actually be allergic to money. The first is an allergy to the nickel that make up all our coins. People that suffer from this allergy can actually get dermatitis on their legs when carrying change in their pockets. The second way to be allergic is by having a reaction to the actual ink used to print bills. Handling a large amount of paper money could cause asthma and hay fever-like symptoms.

A lot of people unknowingly suffer from allergies they don’t know they have, get a proper allergy test to learn how you can start fighting your allergies and breathing better.

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