From Pollen to Peanuts: 35 Intricate Facts About Allergies

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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.

2. 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.

3. 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.”

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

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

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6Bamba Peanut Snack

Bamba Peanut Snack

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.

7. '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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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11Milk Allergy

Milk Allergy

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.

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

13. 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.

14. Actor Jason Mantzoukas (Dennis Feinstein in Parks & Rec) has a life-threatening allergy to eggs. Even a trace amount of egg will cause him to have a severe reaction. Once, while on set, he had to be taken to the hospital because of undisclosed egg whites in a parfait he ate.

15. Farm kids have both better immunity and resistance to allergies. Allergies among children have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. Part of the reason is likely improved hygiene and the fact so few kids are raised on farms anymore.

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16Pork-Cat Syndrome

Pork-Cat Syndrome

People can be allergic to pork, and it’s often referred to as Pork-Cat Syndrome because it’s often related to cat allergies.

17. Most people with a Latex Skin Allergy may also have numerous food allergies, including bananas, avocados, and kiwis because they are part of the rubber family.

18. Cats and a few other pets (dogs, hamsters, rats) can experience seasonal allergies to pollen and grass, and some have year-round allergies to fleas and dust mites. In rare cases, cats can even be allergic to other pets and to humans.

19. As Larry David grew richer from the success of Seinfeld, he developed an allergy to caviar, which he according to him “was the perfect metaphor for my life.”

20. Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, from the Apollo 17 mission, had a severe allergy to moon dust.

21Oral Immunotherapy

Oral Immunotherapy

Food allergies can be treated and cured through oral immunotherapy (OIT). Nearly 80 percent of peanut-allergic preschool children successfully incorporated peanut-containing foods into their diets after receiving peanut OIT.

22. 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.

23. After millions of trees in the US died in the 1980s of Dutch Elm Disease, they were replaced by clonal males which lead to an increase in pollen and pollen-associated epidemics (allergies and asthma).

24. Diphenhydramine is marketed as both Benadryl (an allergy pill with a side effect of making one sleepy) and also Sominex (a sleeping pill with the side effect of helping one’s allergies).

25. Allergy to hazelnuts is the most common food allergy in Europe.

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