Are you allergic to something? Let’s know why it happens
Most of us are quite used to seeing common allergies like hay fever all around us, the deadly allergy to bees, nuts, and some foods having minute traces of nuts. It is so dangerous that it can kill. Help for people suffering from these common allergies is all around us normally, but here are five allergies that are difficult to treat, which happens to be basic foundations of life on Earth.
Medically known as Solar Urticaria, this condition only affects as few as is guessed at about three hundred people in the whole world. The translation of the first Latin term comes down to hives (urticaria) caused by the sun (solar). It is usually the ultraviolet, and invisible, portion of sunlight that triggers this allergy, but even visible light also does so in rare cases. Light triggers a release of chemicals that results in itching, redness, and swelling in the skin. Measures against this allergy range from simply wearing sunblock to avoiding as much sunlight as possible.
Three-year-old, Zeq Caalim started out totally allergic to food. When he first started drinking his baby formula, he would break out with rashes and severe itching. His condition was diagnosed as Eosinophilic Esophagitis, caused by his immune system mistaking food to be a foreign object. He now has a much longer list of safe foods than two years ago, when he had to be artificially fed through a tube connected to a backpack that he carried all over.
Water is the most abundant substance on the planet, very hard to avoid, and impossible to live without. Exposure to even a few drops of water or even their sweat can result in a dreadful allergic reaction for sufferers of Aquagenic Urticaria or an allergy to water. For someone like Ashleigh Morris, even showering is so painful an experience she can only endure it for a minute at a time. Her condition developed after a heavy dose of penicillin she took for tonsillitis altered the levels of histamine in her body. Histamine is a chemical released in a very large number of allergic reactions to various things, and it often causes symptoms like swelling, itching, and redness of the skin. However, treatment with antihistamines, so commonly used such outbreaks and other allergic symptoms, has proven unsuccessful for Ashleigh.
Some woods are known for their toxicity; a handful of people are allergic to specific types or species of wood. Someone like Dan Hill found out he was allergic to wood in general when he gave up his high-income job as an investment banker to pursue his dream of being a carpenter. An allergy like Dan’s is caused by the immune system reacting to chemicals known as quin ones and derivatives of those chemicals. Dan’s dedication to his dream made him carry on working, despite the allergic symptoms, using various skin protecting covering and treatment creams for the rash caused by exposure to wood dust. Luckily for Dan he has found only one type of wood he is not allergic to, Welsh Oak, and he has moved to Swansea and opened a furniture workshop there.
Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) is a severe and life threatening condition with a number of causes and variations in how it manifests. This condition normally occurs where an individual combines some food or pharmaceutical with exercise. Its most serious manifestation, anaphylactic shock, has a rapid onset and may quickly even cause death. Epinephrine must be self-administered immediately at the onset of a warning symptom like fatigue, nausea, or swelling in the throat.