Some of the most ordinary day things can cause people to have allergic reactions. Here are three that you may or may not already know about, but that are totally bizarre nonetheless.
Yes, you can be allergic to metal, in fact, I am. I didn’t used to be until I was about thirteen or so, and when that year hit I was plagued by an outrageously gross and itchy rash all over my stomach that began to bleed and pus. When I went to the doctor, she said that the cause was my metal belt buckle. It usually made contact with my skin, and for a few days in a row I had chosen the same belt to wear to school. The metal itself was irritating my skin. I also had to swap my fake earnings for sterling silver, because the cheap ones kept my earlobes forever infected no matter how much I cleaned them.
Basically I’m allergic to cheap metals, especially nickle. But why? After some follow up research, I have discovered that yeah, it has to do with sensitive skin. Only about 6% of men, and 12% of women share this strange allergic reaction. Piercing your ears can actually make you more susceptible to being allergic to metal in the first place (I have had nine piercings in my ears, oops). For piercings, one main cause is that metal will dissolve in the moisture, and because piercings are injuries and wounds, you’re going to get moisture with them in the beginning, thus causing the metal dissolve into your skin.
If you have, or ever end up becoming allergic to metal, the best thing to do is get rid of anything that is nickle or considered “cheap metal,” switch earnings, necklaces and other jewelery for at least sterling silver, and use cortisone on any eczema you might break out with.
This is pretty bizarre, considering the fact that everything and everyone needs water to survive. Being allergic to water is called Aguagenic uticaria. Not surprisingly, it’s very rare. Merely touching a sodden plant can cause the victim to break out in hives or welts. These symptoms can last anywhere from just fifteen minutes, all the way up to several hours. Thankfully, people can rid themselves of these rashes and lesions using creams made with the ingredient, capsaicin (found in chili peppers) to soothe their skin. The cause for this strange allergic reaction has yet to be discovered, though there are certain speculations about it. One theory suggests that those rare individuals who are allergic to water, actually have skin that is unbearably sensitive, and that will in turn, react not exactly to the water per say, but to the additives found in h2o.
Yup, some people are actually allergic to underwear and undergarments. Those who are, end up with annoying-to say the least-rashes and cases of eczema. Most researchers believe that it has to do with the type of fabric that the underwear is made out of. Many times you’ll find latex in the waistbands, but there are also potentially harmful chemical in the fabric, including nylon. If you do end up having an allergic reaction to your own underwear, it’s probably best to ditch the old ones for undergarments made without nylon or latex, or a number of different ingredients that could otherwise cause you to have a bad case of the “itchies” down there. Unfortunately, not all stores carry underwear like that; however, fortunately , we do have the internet as an alternative, and several online stores that would be more than happy to sell people hypoallergenic undergarments and other clothing.
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