50 Interesting Facts About Allergies

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1 Red Meat Allergy

Red Meat Allergy

A cause of red meat allergy was discovered when some of the recipients of the cancer drug Cetuximab fell gravely ill. Cetuximab contains a red meat protein derived from mice. Of those who fell ill, 94.6% confirmed they had experienced tick bites while in an area populated by the Lone Star tick.

2. A woman who successfully underwent a lung transplant later went into anaphylactic shock after eating peanut butter. Prior to her transplant, she never had problems eating peanuts. She learned that the 12-year-old who had donated the lungs had a peanut allergy, and had died from an anaphylactic shock.

3. Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the Harry Potter movies was allergic to his own glasses. He had a nickel allergy and suffered for weeks with mysterious bumps around his eyes, where the glasses touched his face. The nickel glasses were quickly replaced with hypoallergenic specs.

4. In one peculiar medical case, a woman experienced Brazil Nut allergy after the allergen was passed to her from her partner’s semen during intercourse. The researchers believe this to be the first case of a sexually transmitted allergic reaction.

5. Pet allergies are caused by an allergic reaction to the animal’s saliva, not the fur itself. The allergens come from saliva, urine, and dander, which then attach to the fur.

6 Hypoallergenic Dogs

Hypoallergenic Dogs

There’s little evidence behind particular dogs breeds being hypoallergenic. The most effective approach to address a dog causing allergies is to regularly bathe it.

7. People with pollen allergies can develop “oral allergy symptoms” and have mild allergic reactions such as an itchy mouth/throat, to raw fruits and vegetables that have proteins similar to pollen.

8. Most people with chocolate allergies are actually allergic to the roaches present in them and not the chocolate itself. FDA deems up to 60 Insect Parts in 100 gm of chocolates as safe for consumption as anything less than that would require more expensive processing and pesticide use.

9. Antibacterial soap is no better than regular soap at preventing sickness and children who use it regularly are more likely to develop peanut allergies and hay fever.

10. Parasitic worms can cure or alleviate allergies and suppress the autoimmune system. Scientists believe that allergies are caused by the part of the immune system which originally fought intestinal parasites. They just go wild in the absence of parasites.

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11 Good Gut Bacteria

Good Gut Bacteria

Researchers have identified a naturally occurring bacterium in the human gut that keeps people from developing food allergies. These beneficial gut bacteria diminished with frequent antibiotic use at a young age, making children more susceptible to food allergies later in life.

12. Cashews, pistachios, and mangoes are all in the same family of plants, meaning people with nut allergies often react to mango as well.

13. A study has shown that children whose parents placed the children’s pacifiers in their own mouths before giving it to the child were less likely to develop allergies like eczema and asthma later in life.

14. Despite being a popular fad, the Gluten-Free diet is not healthier for people who do not have gluten intolerance or allergy. For the general population, the presence or absence of gluten alone is not related to diet quality.

15. Houses with teal pumpkins on their front step during Halloween mean they offer non-food treats or allergy-safe alternatives for children with food allergies. This is known as the “Teal Pumpkin Project.”

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16 Semen Allergy

Semen Allergy

Some women are allergic to semen and treatment for this allergy involves getting regular semen injections under the skin in your arm.

17. Bone marrow transplant recipients often inherit the donor’s immunities and allergies.

18. An Israeli peanut snack called Bamba, which is eaten at an early age within Israel greatly reduces the chance of the child having peanut allergies, and studies with high-risk children showed that eating Bamba made a child’s chances of contracting an allergy 5 times less than avoiding them.

19. ‘Botanical Sexism’ is a process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep streets clear of seeds & flowers, plant only male trees. The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts and as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increase which can worsen seasonal allergies.

20. If you have a shellfish allergy you should avoid eating edible insects, as they’re closely related and have some of the same proteins which cause shellfish allergies.

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21 Peanut Allergies

Peanut Allergies

A peanut allergy is misdiagnosed in 2 out of 3 cases. It is also not uncommon to “grow out of” certain allergies or develop different allergies over time.

22. A runny, congested nose and sore throat which always occur when winter and spring begin aren’t allergies. It’s a non-allergic reaction to humidity changes that require very different treatments.

23. Milk allergy is quite different from Lactose intolerance and can be problematic for young children due to ignorance of the differences. In case of milk allergy, the victim might actually die if not treated immediately. Goat milk, while still containing lactose, actually lacks the protein which induces cow milk allergies.

24. Bill Hader became the voice of Mr. Peanut in 2013, despite having a severe peanut allergy.

25. Phenylephrine, a common substitute for pseudoephedrine in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, has been proven to be no more effective than a placebo when taken orally at the recommended dose.

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  1. 41 – Epipen: image is of Insulin Pens. Specifically Novorapid and Levemir disposable pens manufactured by Novo Nordisk.



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