The strangest allergies

Living with an allergy to, say, oranges is very easy - not to eat oranges. But what if your body rejects ... your spouse? We have compiled a list of the strangest allergies that have spoiled the lives of their "owners"

For money

As such, the official medicine does not yet recognize an allergy to money. However, certain substances used to make banknotes and coins can indeed cause allergic reactions. So, the allergy to nickel is widely known, from which, among other things, Russian rubles and kopecks are made. When in contact with small things, an allergic person may experience a skin rash and itching, and symptoms last from several hours to 6 days.

However, intolerance to little things is not such a problem, unless of course you are a cashier or a collector. But the 33-year-old British woman Yvonne Simon suffered a much bigger misfortune - an allergy to coins and banknotes. In addition to nickel, a woman's skin reactions are caused by components of money paint, and plus to everything - latex, so she also cannot wear protective gloves. It is impossible to cure the condition, unhappy Yvonne has been paying exclusively with a bank card for several years.

For the wife

"I just can't stand you!" - for Briton Darren Young, this phrase was not an insult to his wife, but a statement of a sad medical fact. A few years ago, Young was diagnosed with a rare allergy (only three confirmed cases are known to medicine) to the chemical compound polyethylene glycol (PEO). This substance is included in many cosmetics, and is also used in the production of household chemicals, so that a man literally walks around his own house like in a minefield.

Moreover, Young is simply afraid to approach his wife, because as soon as she smears her hands with some kind of cream or even brushes her teeth, she immediately becomes a strong allergen for her husband. The causes of the condition are not yet known, and there is no cure for it either.

For mother's milk

In fact, this is a snag allergy, or rather, not quite the correct name for food intolerances. Indeed, some babies may show negative reactions to breastfeeding, but the fault is not in the milk itself, but in any elements that got into it from the mother's diet. Most likely, the day before, my mother ate something dangerous - for example, fish, eggs, peanuts or any other food with a high ability to cause allergies - and this, of course, affected the composition of the milk.

In addition, the cause of "allergies" can be congenital metabolic disorders, such as, for example, galactosemia, phenylketonuria, "maple syrup" disease, etc. They consist in the inability of the body to perceive or assimilate certain substances, that is, the child will not suffer from rejection, but from the lack of any components. To identify these diseases, a number of tests are carried out, and treatment, as a rule, consists in a strict diet and taking medications.

In general, breast milk, on the contrary, is very useful. According to some studies, its composition miraculously "adjusts" individually to the baby, so that the child receives only the most necessary and, of course, safe.

Any food

Oddly enough, there are a great many allergens among food products. Moreover, in theory, absolutely any food can cause allergies, although the most famous "intolerable foods" are milk, cereals, chicken eggs and fish. In addition, they are highly allergenic: nuts, all seafood, poultry, coffee, chocolate, spices and seasonings, smoked meats and fish, mustard, vinegar and mayonnaise, horseradish, radishes, radishes, tomatoes, eggplants and mushrooms, strawberries, melons, pineapple, citrus fruits and honey.

Someone is "lucky" not to digest just one of these foods; many allergy sufferers cannot tolerate several types of food at once and also suffer from cigarette smoke, dust and other irritants. But the worst case of food intolerance is perhaps the story of a young Australian named Caleb Bassenschut, who cannot eat anything at all.

In addition to numerous allergies to almost all food groups, 5-year-old Caleb suffers from severe intestinal malabsorption. His stomach is pitted with numerous ulcers and refuses to accept even the lightest and most dietary food. As soon as the boy swallows at least a spoonful of food, the body responds with wild pains and a gag reflex. Therefore, doctors have to feed him with a special high-calorie solution: through a special probe, the liquid goes straight into Caleb's stomach, while 1-2 grams are dosed, no more.

For physical education

Hypodynamia, that is, lack of physical activity, doctors call the scourge of modern society. They say that humanity is so lazy and accustomed to the benefits of civilization that it drives itself into the grave and literally "does not move."

However, 37-year-old Ruth Hoylord has an official excuse to keep physical activity to a minimum. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare condition - exercise-related anaphylaxis - and it, like many other allergies, can kill her. As soon as a woman eats an allergenic product - nuts, fish or milk - and then, for example, take a brisk walk, she begins to have a severe allergic reaction. The airways and face are swollen, unless urgent action is taken, Ruth can suffocate within minutes. And anything can provoke an attack: even climbing Ruth's stairs is contraindicated.

The causes of the disease and the methods of its treatment are not yet known to doctors. Therefore, all that remains for Ruth is to monitor her pulse every minute and look sadly at the windows of the gyms.