8 of the most bizarre allergies

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Living with allergies is hell, but if you think your allergy to seafood is bad, you might feel better after reading this and knowing there are people out there who have it worse than you

Allergic reactions are one of the most perplexing mysteries of modern medicine, because common as they are, scientists don’t know exactly what causes them.

Allergies are brought on when the body’s immune system produces antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn't. As a result, the body inflames your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system.

Living with allergies is hell, but if you think your allergy to seafood is bad, you might feel better after reading this and knowing there are people out there who have it worse than you.

Here are 8 of the most bizarre allergies in the world.

1. Water

8 of the Most Bizarre Allergies

Aquagenic urticarial is an allergy to water. Although it is relatively rare, people who have it break out in hives whenever they get in contact with H20. Immersion in water would result in weals forming all over the body. If you have it, you can’t drink a glass of water or wipe your tears without inflammation or pain. Thankfully aquagenic urticarial lasts only for a period of time and usually goes away on its own.

2. Exercise

8 of the Most Bizarre Allergies

People who suffer from Cholinergic urticarial have an excuse not to go to the gym. It manifests as an uncontrollable itching sensation—usually 30 minutes after a workout. This allergy is triggered by sweat, although others experience it regardless of how intense the physical exertion is. This type of allergic reaction can be countered by antihistamines, thankfully.

3. Sun

8 of the Most Bizarre Allergies

Also known as sun poisoning, the most common form of sun allergy is called polymorphic light eruption. Factors such as medications, chemicals and medical conditions can make the skin vulnerable to the sun. Scientists remain unsure why some people have it and others don't. Signs and symptoms include: redness, itching or pain, tiny bumps that may merge into raised patches, scaling, crusting or bleeding, blisters or hives.

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