Babies, Underwear and Other Bizarre Allergies You Didn’t Know Existed

With spring time right around the corner, we’re excited to finally see some color around and shed off our coats and scarves after a long winter. What we’re not excited about are seasonal allergies.

Every year as soon as the pollen gets airborne, our noses become runny, our eyes get itchy and it’s an all out sneeze-fest.

According to WebMD, 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Then there are sufferers of other types of allergies. We got to wondering what some of the less common allergies are and we were surprised by what we found.

Check out these five bizarre allergies and let us know what you think.

1) Newborn Baby
Pemphigoid Gestitionis is defined by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a skin condition in which blisters appear on large regions of the body, most commonly over the abdomen.

It can manifest itself in pregnancy during the second or third trimester or after giving birth.  One reported case was that of 28-year-old Joanne Mackie who developed such painful blisters shortly after birthing her first son that she was unable to hold him. A few months later the welts on her back, legs, arms and chest went away but left dark patches in their wake, according to the Daily Mail.

2) Underwear
People whose skin is irritated by underwear might have an allergy to the either latex or other chemicals that are used in the creation of synthetic underwear fabrics . If you suffer from this condition, don’t use it as an excuse to go commando. The sensible solution is to seek out undies without these materials. Companies such as Cottonique specialize in creating hypoallergenic clothing.

3) Regular and Dairy-free Chocolate
Boy do we feel bad for those suffering from this unfortunate allergy. One such case was of a 5-year-old boy named Gabriele. According to ABC, his mom, Stefania Paciocco already knew her son was allergic to milk, which is the usual culprit for those who show a reaction to regular chocolate, so she treated him the dairy-free version.

Despite the special type of chocolate chips, the boy still experienced adverse reactions. After conducting tests with his doctor, they found out the boy had an extremely rare condition that prevented him from having any kind of chocolate at all.

Sad day.

4) Sex
Human seminal plasma hypersensitivity is a woman’s allergic reaction to certain proteins in her male partner’s semen. The symptoms are described as burning sensations, rashes, welts and in rare cases, death. Because of these symptoms’ similarity to those that occur with sexually transmitted diseases, sometimes doctors can mistakenly diagnose the occurrence as such.

The cure for this allergy was found by Researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center and its parent institution Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where they discovered that women can use desensitization to treat the allergy. One plan of recovery is to have regular intercourse every 48 hours. Women can also opt to receive allergy shots that contain small amounts of semen over the course of several weeks.

5) Fish smell
Fish allergies are common in many people, so the sensible thing is to not consume this food. For a few of these people however, that isn’t enough. According to Invigorate360, even the odor and essence of fish can cause a sufferer to experience an allergic reaction. This means that diners can show symptoms because someone else in the restaurant is having fish in his meal. Or perhaps just passing by the fish market could cause someone’s system to go into overdrive.