Allergies of every kind, from mold to milk to metal, are becoming increasingly common in the United States. Here are 10 allergy facts that don’t come up as regularly or reliably as seasonal symptoms do.
1. Allergies can give you a shiner. When hay fever strikes, pressure from nasal congestion can be so great that it causes blood vessels in the face to become constricted
2. Any organ in the body can be affected by allergies. Sufferers of hay fever (allergic rhinitis) will attest that allergies can cause a runny nose, irritated eyes, and an itchy throat.
3. It’s not pet hair that gets your dander up. Contrary to popular belief, pet hair is not an allergen, rather, it’s the particles of pet saliva, urina, ecc) that prompt allergic reaction.
4. “Allergy-addiction syndrome” lacks credibility. Some people claim to have an addiction to foods to which they are allergic.
5. The sharp rise in peanut allergies is still not well understood. Prevalence in the U.S. may be explained by our method of processing
6. Black boys are at especially high risk of having food allergies. The study of more than 8,200 participants found both food sensitivities and food allergies to be highest among blacks, males, and kids
7. Eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of all food allergies. This foods are milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, and wheat.
8. A link has been drawn between allergies and obesity—but to date the association is controversial. Some research has suggested that food allergies contribute directly or indirectly to obesity.
9. Nickel allergy is a common culprit of contact dermatitis. If your skin is irritated where contact is made with bracelets, rings, earrings, or eyeglasses, it may be due to nickel content in the metal
10. The prevalence of allergies continues to increase. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, allergies of every kind—inhaled, ingested, contact, or otherwise—are steadily increasing in rate
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