Are You Allergic to…Your Cell phone?!

We’ve all heard about seasonal allergies and food allergies. But did you know that there are some pretty darn usual allergy and allergy triggers out there? Here are a few that will amuse as well as make you think next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather!

Nickel: Nickel is a metal found in your cell phone, blue jean buttons and musical instruments like flutes. People with a nickel allergy will experience dry and itchy red rashes at the point of contact.

Henna tattoos: Kids love them (and parents are relieved that they’re temporary) but henna ink contains p-phenylenediamine which can cause skin problems. The chemical can also be found in some hair dyes.

A loved one: Hugging and kissing someone when you have a severe nut allergy can be serious business. A young girl developed hives from hugging her dad who had just shaved with a product containing nut-oils. As far as kissing goes, allergens can remain in the saliva for up to 24 hours and can be resistant to teeth brushing!

Exercise: Physical exertion can result in exercise-induced asthma. This can happen to those who have food allergies, as well as the seasonal type.

Weather: Extreme hot and cold temperatures can result in hives or asthma attacks. If you have seasonal allergies, the drop in barometric pressure can cause an increase in sinus pressure and headaches.

Exercise mats: Some people are especially sensitive to latex. Add a sweaty body in polyester and nylon exercise wear and you have a great recipe for itchy and irritated skin.

Swimming pools: Pollens can create a thin and almost invisible film on a pool’s surface. Drive right in and you might find yourself with itchy and watery eyes!

Caterpillars: The hair on some caterpillars contains a toxin that can cause an allergic reaction. While your bug collecting days may be over, these little hairs can float in the air like pollen and be just as troublesome.

Ladybugs: These pretty little bugs are a new seasonal indoor allergen. Because they don’t like the cold, Asian ladybugs often end up indoors causing hay fever, coughing, wheezing and watery eyes.

Newsletter May 2011

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