5 More Strange Allergies

Some people are allergic to their cellphones!

As a follow up to “5 Strangest Allergies Ever,” here are five more baffling allergies in the medical world.


1. Red meat

If you feel nauseous, develop a headache and rashes, and get a stuffy nose after eating red meat, then you may have a rare type of meat allergy. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a bite from the Amblyomma Americanum, better known as the lone star tick, can cause people to develop a rare allergy to red meat from mammals such as beef, pork, lamb, and sometimes poultry. The lone star tick is found in wooded areas in the US, predominantly from Texas to Iowa. In some extreme cases, the allergic reaction leads to anaphylactic shock.

2. Computers

It’s not the computer per se that some people are allergic to; it’s the emission from the parts. The plastic components and flame-retardants used in most computer monitors can trigger allergic reactions. The flame-retardants contain a chemical called triphenyl phosphate that can cause headaches, itchy skin, and nasal congestion, especially when the computer monitor starts to heat up. ABC Health reports that these allergens burn off in time, so if you are experiencing this type of allergy, it’s best to stick to old computer monitors or wear a protective face mask while the monitor is still new.

3. Cellphones

Do you get red bumps around your jaw after talking on your mobile phone? If yes, then you may have nickel dermatitis. It’s not just cellphones that are triggers, but other everyday materials that contain nickel, such as earrings that make your earlobes itch or fancy necklaces that leave a rash around your neck. While this is a common type of allergy, it makes daily living challenging because almost everything we own contains nickel—coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, keys, and belt buckles. According to Medical Daily, there’s a rise in cell phone-related allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). In worse cases, the rash and itches lead to swelling and blisters. Those who live with type of allergy use headphones to avoid facial contact with their cellphones, and use jewelry only if it’s made of surgical-grade stainless steel or either 14-, 18- or 24-karat yellow gold. They avoid clothing and accessories that contain nickel, among other precautions. [source: WebMD]

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4. Silicone

Some girls get blisters on their skin after wearing detachable silicone bra straps, while those who plan to get breast augmentation usually go through an allergy test to make sure their body won’t react to the silicone implants. Silicone allergy is quite rare, and many people mistake latex allergy for silicone allergy because everyday items such as ear buds and face masks contain a mix of latex, silicone, and other materials. If you suspect that you have silicone allergy, the best test is to switch to a 100% silicone product and see how your skin reacts. [source: Your Health Community]

5. Hot and cold

Cholinergic urticaria is a heat rash triggered by exercise, ingestion of spicy foods, sudden transition into warmer temperatures, or other activities that cause an increase in body temperature. According to Medscape, although heat is the considered stimulus, the actual precipitating cause is sweating. Cold urticaria is a similar allergic skin reaction, only this time to cold temperatures. In both cases, the skin breaks into itchy welts, the lips and throat swell when ingesting food or drinks in triggering temperatures, and the person feels nauseous and has trouble breathing. Both types of allergies can be treated by taking antihistamines and avoiding extreme temperatures, among other lifestyle changes. [source: Mayo Clinic]

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