You thought sneezing and itchy eyes were bad?
Yeah, try having your skin feel like its on fire every time you take a shower. Hey everyone, Laci Green here for DNews. I
have terrible allergies, so about this time of year I kind of start feeling sorry for
myself. But you know what? That ends today my friends. I have seen allergy hell, and
it ain’t pretty. Here are 5 real allergies people actually have to put up with: Number 1? WATER. I mean, you’d think that
since our bodies are MOSTLY WATER that might be a little problem. But, as it turns out,
people with a water allergy are alive and functioning – it’s estimated that 1 in every
23 MILLION people has it. The allergy is called Aquagenic Urticaria, and it causes itchy hives
when the person comes into contact with water. The hives can last for hours. A woman from
Britain has to drink diet coke to survive and another from Australia can hardly stand
to shower for 1 minute before it starts burning! Poor thing! I’ll never take a shower for granted
again. Well, I probably will like a week from now. Number 2: EXERCISE. It’s the allergy we’ve
all been hoping for. Nah, I’m just kidding. It actually sounds awful. Exercise Induced
Anaphylaxis can be lethal. It starts with hives and skin irritation, then trouble breathing.
If it is severe enough, anaphylaxis will cause your blood pressure to drop and your lungs
tighten until you can’t breathe. Scientists think that this rare condition may be brought
on by eating something they’re allergic to and then working out right after. Number 3: THE COLD! I mean, I think I’m psychologically
allergic to the cold but there are some people who form rashes and have trouble breathing
when they step out into the cold, find themselves in cold water, or even drinking cold beverages.
“Cold Urticaria” is an inflammatory disorder that can cause a flood of histamine to be
released in the body, leading to a drop in blood pressure, fainting, and even death.
So much death. I guess I’ll stop complaining about the cold now. Number 4 is SEMEN. Semen allergies are definitely
a thing, it’s thought to affect anywhere between 20-40,000 Americans. People with this allergy
can experience vaginal burning, swelling, itching, hives, and shortness of breath after
coming into contact with their partner’s semen. Strangely, there have also been a few cases
of men being allergic to THEIR OWN semen! Doctors say the best way to treat this allergy
is to avoid contact all together — but I dunno, that seems like it would be kind of
hard if it’s coming out of your own body. Last up is the sun! This is the most depressing
thing I’ve heard all day. It’s apparently not even that uncommon for someone to develop
a rash, bumps, crusting, or blisters when they’re exposed to sunlight. It takes the
idea of a sunburn to a whole new terrifying level. Thanks for joining me for DNews everyone,
do you have any allergies? Tell me about it down below and don’t forget to download the
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DVD set of the brilliant Life on Earth series. Bye bye!