8 Common But Quirky Allergies

Do your feet burn when you wear a certain pair of shoes? Does your face itch after talking on your cellphone? If so, don’t assume that you’re going crazy. Instead, keep in mind that allergies can come in very odd forms. In fact, there are some allergies you probably don’t even know exist. Let’s take a close look at 8 very common but quite peculiar allergies.

Allergy to Cellphones

Can you really be allergic to a cellphone? Yes, but it’s not the cellphone that you are allergic too. Instead, it’s the nickel inside the phone.

Since nickel is found in lots of electronics, it’s not surprising that some people find themselves having an allergic reaction when using different types of electronic devices, including laptops, iPods and more. If you wear jewelry with nickel in it, this can also lead to an allergic reaction.

Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis

Looking for a good reason not to exercise? Well for once, you may have found a legitimate excuse; this is of course assuming that you suffer from exercise-induced anaphylaxis. With this type of allergy, a person will have difficulty breathing, and may even pass out or black out, after exercising and eating certain foods.

Unfortunately, there are no known reasons as to why eating certain foods would cause an allergic reaction to break out after exercising.

Allergy to Money

Wouldn’t it be awful to be allergic to money? Thankfully, if you are, this means you can’t carry out a bunch of change because it’s the nickel that you are allergic to. If you find yourself allergic to money, you will simply have to leave the coins at home and tote around bills only. As surprising as it may seem, nearly 6 percent of men are allergic to nickel and 10 percent of women across the globe suffer due to this problem.

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Beer Intolerance

Do you have a friend who doesn’t drink beer? Maybe he or she drinks vodka but won’t touch a beer. Have you ever asked why? There is a good possibility that he or she may suffer from a beer allergy. In fact, this allergy is found in 1 percent of the world’s population. That may not seem like a high percentage, but it is when you consider that 1 out of every 100 persons suffer from it.

So, what is a beer allergy? Generally, it’s an allergic reaction to the protein known as LTP, which is found in most beers. For those suffering from it, they will experience nausea, hives and/or headaches after coming into contact with beer.

Cholinergic Urticaria

Looking for another reason not to exercise? If you suffer from cholinergic urticaria, then you have the perfect reason. This type of allergy shows when your body temperature rises. With this allergy, it’s not exercise itself that you are allergic too. Instead, it’s a rise in body temperature. There are many things that can cause a rise in body temperature, including a hot bath, exposure to the sun or eating extra spicy foods. So, if you have cholinergic urticaria allergy, anything that causes the body temperature to rise; including workouts, should be avoided.


Leather Allergy

Have you ever put on a pair shoes that cause your feet to become swollen and/or blister? Or, does wearing shoes cause your feet to have a burning sensation so severe that you feel the need to remove them immediately? If you said yes to any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a leather allergy. About one in every 500 people suffer from this allergy.

If your allergy to leather is severe enough, it may mean you can’t wear any type of leather, including belts. Fortunately, if it’s not very severe, you may be able to treat the allergy using topical creams that contain corticosteriods.

Sun Allergy

Another bad allergy to have is one from the sun. With this type of allergy, you will have to cover yourself from head to toe when going anywhere during the daytime. In fact, you may find it much simpler to travel about and run errands during the nighttime. About 10 percent of people have some type of allergy to the sun. Thankfully, there are ways to treat it, which include oral antihistamines.

Allergy to Black Henna Dye

So, you really want a tattoo? Well, you may have to get one that is permanent. That’s right. If you are looking to get a temporary black henna tattoo, you will first want to make sure that you aren’t allergic to this type of dye. If you happen to be, then your only option for a tattoo will be to draw one on with a pen or marker or to get a real one.

For the most part, when it comes to allergies, Americans are most acquainted with those relating to foods and pollen. Knowing what you are allergic to can make life easy by saving you a lot of discomfort on a daily basis. So the next time you experience a that your body is behaving strangely to something very regular, remember that it could be one of those bizarre allergies.