Do you suffer from strange allergy symptoms that happen in response to simple, everyday events? One minute you're fine, the next you've got a bad case of hives after using your cell phone!! You're not alone. You'd be surprised how many amazing breakouts and skin conditions can develop from even the most simple activities.
Allergies are caused by an abnormal immune system response to irritants in the environment. Although researchers do not know why these overly active allergic responses develop, we do know that allergies tend to run in families.
Many allergy symptoms are similar to those of the common cold. Your eyes itch, your nose runs, you get a stuffy nose. The difference between allergy symptoms and cold symptoms is that the cold will likely give you a fever, and it will pass within ten days or so.
If you don't get a fever, and the symptoms last more than ten days it is likely an allergy. Don't take my word for it though, see your health practitioner if you have any symptoms for more than ten days! :-)
Here are just a few of the very strange allergy symptoms that some people experience.
Allergy symptoms when sitting - this is a very unusual allergy symptom and no one knows why this happens. Some people find when they site down that their nose runs, they begin coughing and sneezing or breaking out in hives. This could be the result of an allergy to the materials you are sitting on, such as the fabric in your upholstery or chemicals nearby to the area where you sit.
Cell phone allergy - oh no!! What to do about this?? A cell phone allergy can be caused by a nickel allergy, which causes contact dermatitis and can be confirmed with a skin test. Allergic reactions to your cell phone can also be caused by the electromagnetic radiation, but some doctors believe this is just psychological while others believe that radiation can affect the immune system.
Ipod allergy - This is one of those strange allergy symptoms that has developed in response to our 21st century lifestyle. This too can be caused by a metal allergy, an allergic reaction to nickel or palladium or other metals in the iPod.
Exercise allergy - Have you ever developed a runny nose, congestion, difficulty breathing, or hives when you exercise? Some people develop allergic reactions when they engage in strenuous activities. No one knows exactly what causes this very frightening symptom. Some theories are that it could be the result of your reacting to toxins in your exercise equipment or gym, or from your body getting overheated, food allergies, hormonal changes, weather changes. In some cases this can even be more serious, there have been cases where people go into Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis which is a severe, whole body allergic reaction.
Smoke allergy - Smoke is actually not technically considered an allergen, it is classified as an irritant. Nevertheless, smoke can cause itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, chronic cough, shortness of breath, and headache. Exposure to smoke over a long period of time can cause other allergies especially in children. Smoke can also aggravate an underlying allergy. I have this and it is very difficult in the wintertime when people burn their wood stoves. It was worse when I lived in an area where we had wildfires!
Perfume allergies - Perfumes are considered among the top five most allergic substances. If you tend to have allergies, even if you think you don't have a fragrance allergy, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to stop using perfume and scented skin care and personal care products. Try instead using a safe brand of fragrance free products to cut down on the irritation that your body experiences on a daily basis. (I have this one too!)
All of the safe skin care products that we recommend on this site are free from added perfumes.
In addition, you may want to consider using botanical free hypoallergenic products for your hair and body care. Why botanical free products? Think about the last time you went to the great outdoors in the springtime.
Yes, that's right ... Achooooo!!! :) Even those nice fresh flowers and grasses can contain allergens. It's the same for natural skincare products! I've found that botanical free products are the least irritating.
You may even want to think about using hypoallergenic toothpaste and dental products in order to reduce your body's exposure to allergens.
An important tip though ... MOST products which claim to be hypoallergenic actually contain chemical irritants that can cause skin irritation! There is only one brand of hypoallergenic products that I've found that is actually free of irritating chemicals, AND also free of botanical allergens.
Sun allergy - Yes, though many of us just love to sit in the sun, for some people this causes them to break out into hives! Even worse, there are some people who develop a sunscreen allergy, which is usually a reaction to the chemicals or ingredients in the sunscreen.
Allergy to heat, water, pressure or vibration - Yes, it is absolutely amazing to think that going in the water, or getting hot can cause hives and allergy symptoms! Researchers are not sure exactly why this is so, but the best thing you can do is learn to work with your body to avoid irritating your sensitive skin.
Allergy to wedding ring - yes I developed this a while back after 15 happy years of marriage. I know, all jokes aside, it's really no fun! My finger developed a rash which spread to the rest of the hand. It got worse and worse until I had to take the ring off! I tried getting a new ring, but the new one caused even worse symptoms! Later I discovered that nickel, which is in most gold jewelry can cause allergic reactions, and the condition is known as nickel allergy.
Kissing allergy? - I had never heard of kissing allergies, but apparently some people with food allergies can have a severe allergic reaction after kissing! The symptoms include, itching, flushing, swelling of the lips and difficulty breathing. This may be related to allergens in the saliva of your partner, or cosmetics they may be using on their face or lips. Be careful who you kiss!
Alcohol allergy - some people get sick after drinking beer, wine or alcohol. Symptoms include skin rashes, stomach cramps, drop in blood pressure, headache, and difficulty breathing. This is though to be caused because the body lacks a specific enzyme called aldehyde Dehydrogenase which matabolizes alcohol. If you have a beer allergy or wine allergy, please see your doctor.
Clothing allergy - a number of our readers break out in hives or get sick after wearing certain types of clothing. You can imagine how debilitating this can be! Learn more at our Clothing Allergy page.
If you too are suffering from strange allergy symptoms that seem to be getting worse and worse, consider learning more about a new treatment option which is known as limbic retraining.
This approach calms the overactive fight or flight response in the nervous system, which reduces hypersensitivity and overall inflammation in the body. You can read about my experience with a limbic retraining program called Dynamic Neural Retraining which helped me to recover from a debilitating bout with chemical sensitivity.
If you struggle with allergies, your body may be reacting to chemicals or toxins in your skin care products, toothpastes, foods or even your laundry detergent. Yikes!!
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