You definitely know someone with an allergy to dust, pollen or peanuts, but have you ever heard about people allergic to cellphones, wool, jewelry or pants buttons?!
Have you ever experienced allergy symptoms but you wonder what they can be caused from, since you are not in contact with common allergens?! If so, look at the list with 30 allergens which most people will not expect to be allergens at all.
People are also very often allergic to perfume. Have you known that even 30% of the Americans suffer from scented products allergy?!
Usually, people are born with a genetic predisposition to allergies, but it is not known precisely why and how they become allergic to specific items.
First, what is an allergic reaction? According to the spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Kevin McGrath (MD), it is when the body misreads something that is normally harmless as being harmful. Than the symptoms, which are usually itching, runny nose and swelling, appear.
Here is a list of the most interesting allergens, and things to do if you are affected.
Another very rare reaction is caused by small vibration, rubbing, scratching or exposure to water. This is known as dermatographism. For people sensitized to it even a scratch of a fingernail or the rub of the clothes over the body can be traumatic. People who develop this allergy later on in their life often think that it is caused by the fabric, but it is from the physical stimuli itself.
To treat it you must receive a medical treatment.
This is very rare, but some people are allergic to the cold. This happens when there is a bigger sudden climate change, as when people go outdoors in the wintertime. This condition is known as cold urticaria, and it can be checked by holding an ice cube to your skin for around five minutes and observing the reaction.
Those people who suffer from it should wear lots of layers in the wintertime when they go outdoors. Sudden temperature fall can cause them to lose consciousness.
Stuffed animals are the biggest dust reservoirs and they should be strictly avoided by people who have dust allergies, as they might cause asthma attacks.
If it is inevitable to have them at home, wash them at least once a month.
It is not that the people are allergic to leather itself but some people can be allergic to the additives which are used to treat the leather. So if you frequently have itchy feet on wearing certain leather shoes, you should think about it. It might be time to change them.
Nail salons use products as nail polish, nail glues and similar things which some people might be allergic to. Even though, the acrylic nails (which may also be allergens themselves) are applied on the hands, the skin on the hands is thicker and usually the rash does not break out on them, but on another part of the body after being in contact with the product applied on the nails.
Another allergic reaction might be caused by semen. The good thing is that it is person-specific, i.e. a woman may be allergic to the semen of one partner, but not to experience the allergy with other partners. The allergic reaction consists of swelling, itching, burning and redness.
This problem may be solved by desensitization/allergy shots after which a couple can have sexual intercourse without the symptoms. But once the allergy is there, the allergic person has to receive these shots constantly prior to having sexual intercourse. So if it is nothing serious, it might be best to change the partner.
According to Dr. McGrath, around 17% of women and 3% of men have a jewelry (more precisely an inexpensive silver-colored jewelry) allergy, which is in fact allergy to nickel. Nickel causes itchy rash well-known as allergic contact dermatitis. The gender difference is simply because of the fact that women wear more jewelry than men.
Switching to alternatives such as gold, or high-quality silver can solve this problem, Dr. McGrath believes. Nevertheless, people may also be allergic to gold especially if they wear a lot of makeup, which causes chemical reaction with the gold. Those people should choose platinum, as the best variant.
CELL PHONES AND TABLETS
Since the most mobile and tablet devices contain metal it their structure, people who are allergic to meatal are allergic to these devices as well. And of it once appears you have it for a lifetime. It results with itchy eyes especially when after using your phone you touch your eyes.
You can prevent the symptoms if you cover your devices with a protective non-metallic case.
If you are allergic to nickel you can best notice that by your pants buttons, especially jeans buttons. They are usually made from nickel and if you are allergic to it, it will make a little red rush in a circular shape.
To avoid the rush paint over the back side of the button with a nail polish. If you become aware that you are allergic to it, be careful with zippers as well, and be especially careful when choosing your new hand watch and eyeglasses frames.
Wool is itchy anyway. But people who are allergic to lanolin—a natural substance produced by sheep, resembling wax, react to clothes and blankets made by/with wool.
This substance is also used in some cosmetic products such as ointments, lip balms and shampoos, and if you are sensitive to it next time when in a cosmetic shop look for the label lanolin-free.
Some other bizarre allergens are:
FLEA MARKET FURNITURE
LAUNDRY DETERGENT AND DRYER SHEETS
RAW PRODUCE AND NUTS
COSMETICS AND SKIN-CARE PRODUCTS