The most and least common types of allergies

November 17, 2009 by  
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picking_flowersAlmost 20% of the American population suffers from allergies. Let’s take a look at some of the most common allergies as well as some of rarest forms of allergy.

The most common allergies

WebMD gives us the most common things that can trigger allergies are:

Pollen. Pollens are responsible for hay fever and seasonal allergies.

Animals. Animals secrete proteins through their oil glands and salivary glands that can trigger allergic reactions.

Dust mites. It’s not the dust but the little animals called dust mites that live in house dust that causes the allergy.

Insect stings. People allergic to insect stings can develop serious and even life-threatening reactions.

Molds. Molds are all over the place, especially in damp areas such as your bathroom or the cellar. They produce spores and toxic substances that can cause allergic reactions.

Food. Different kinds of food can trigger allergic reactions. The most common of these are milk, shellfish, nuts, and wheat.

Latex. Latex is found in a wide range of products including gloves and condoms and even certain medical devices. Latex allergy can cause serious and even life-threatening symptoms.

Medications. Medications, from aspirin to antibiotics can cause allergic symptoms. Patients sensitive to these drugs should avoid taking them and inform their doctors.

Fragrance and scents. Cosmetics, body care products, detergents, even candles can contain fragrances that can cause allergies.

Cockroaches. Not only are they creepy and yucky, they leave droppings around that can cause allergy.

The most unusual allergies

On the other side of the coin are the most unusual allergies. A report at ABC News looks at some of the most unusual, even bizarre forms of allergies.

Water allergy. Also called aquagenic urticaria, this type of allergy is very rare. People allergic to water get hives their skin gets in contact with water or nay liquid containing water.

Cold or hot urticaria. Urticaria is doctor speak for hives. Some people are sensitive to heat or cold temperature will develop hives when coming in contact with such everyday things like ice cubes or warming blanket or even just sunlight.

Cell phone allergy. Well, it’s not really the cell phone that causes the allergic reactions but rather the nickel in the cell phones. Many people are allergic to the metal nickel that is found in many products, including jewelry, belt buckles, and even coins. Nickel allergy leads to dermatitis and those allergic to nickel in their cell phones may develop symptoms similar to facial eczema.

Tattoo allergy. Some people are allergic to chemicals in the coloring used in tattoos. One such chemical is p-phenylenediamine or PPD found in dark henna, which can cause blisters and swelling. PPD is also found in hair dyes and can also cause allergic reactions when used to color hair.

Chocolate allergy. Most allergic reactions to chocolate are due to the nuts or milk or other additives found in the product. Real chocolate allergy, though very rare, exists but oh, so unfair. Ask my sister.

Exercise allergy. Is this simply an excuse to justify laziness and sedentary lifestyle? Actually, exercise-induce allergy does exist and it can be life threatening: Exercise-allergic reactions include hives, swelling, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, itching, nausea, a headache or wheezing. Sometimes exercise-induced anaphylaxis only occurs in combination with a certain food.

Insect allergies. We are not talking about allergic reactions after getting stung by a bee or wasp. Some insects can cause allergic reactions just by being present. Some of these insects are the Asian lady bug aka Asian lady beetles and caterpillars.

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