What a rare allergy

Tap water, cinnamon, garlic, vanilla ... These are some of the substances or products that we usually live with, ignoring that, for some people, its components can cause immune reactions.

When someone hears the word "allergy", they immediately think of plant pollen, dust mites, animal hair, some medications or certain foods, among other more or less known allergens. But, according to the latest Scientific evidence, in addition to these common causes of sneezing, tearing, itching, irritation and respiratory problems, there are other less known agents that are equally capable of triggering very unpleasant and sometimes severe organic reactions.

Allergies to cinnamon, garlic, black pepper, vanilla and other spices affect 3% of the population and can severely restrict your daily activities, according to the American College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Reports from this body indicate that women are more likely than men to develop an allergy to spices, because these ingredients are not only present in food, but are also commonly used in cosmetics, while makeup, oils Toothpaste and perfumes may include one or more spices.

According to the allergist Ramiro Suárez, these products generate 2% of food allergies, but they are poorly diagnosed because there are no definitive skin or blood tests to detect them. "The hotter a spice is, the greater the risk of it being allergenic," explains Suárez. Patients often have to take extreme measures to avoid the allergen, which can lead to strict dietary avoidance, low quality of life and, in some cases, malnutrition ”.

He adds that treating these allergies is very complex because some blends contain 3-18 spices, while boiling, roasting, frying, or applying other forms of heat can reduce allergens in some cases and increase them in others, depending on the spice. .

Cell phones, exotic ornamental plants, wines, germicides from preservatives, beef, gold, and even sweat are some products or items that can trigger allergic reactions.

ALLERGY TO EXERCISE
Regarding food allergy reactions stimulated by physical activity, Dr. Montserrat Fernández Rivas explains that "there must be a prior sensitivity or predisposition to food for the allergic explosion to occur after practicing physical activity, such as dancing."

“These reactions - whose exact mechanism is not known - are not very frequent and they occur when the patient exercises in the three or four hours after ingesting food. The most characteristic reactions are usually urticaria, respiratory distress and even hypotension ”, said this allergist. On the other hand, something as common as tap water may be partly to blame for the increase in food allergies, due to the chemicals in this liquid, according to a new study conducted in the United States. High levels of dichlorophenols, a chemical commonly found in pesticides used by farmers, which is also used to chlorinate water, are associated with food allergies.

"High levels of dichlorophenol in pesticides can possibly weaken food tolerance in some people, causing allergies to some foods," said allergist Elina Jerschow, professor of Medicine at Yeshiva University, New York and lead author of the investigation.

INTIMATE REACTIONS
"In the 1960s, the case of several British husbands sensitive to their wives 'vaginal secretions was known, which produced a strong irritation reaction after each relationship," explains the German doctor Jürgen Brater, author of the book' Lo that Fleming would never tell ', "There have also been reports of women with vaginal allergic reactions to their partner's sperm, which generally consist of swelling, itching of the vulva and even general malaise."

According to Brater, these intimate allergies remain rare, among other causes due to the difficulty of diagnosis, since their local symptoms are also “common to infections by parasites, bacteria or yeasts. The difference is that, in the case of sexual allergies, the discomfort usually begins between five and fifteen minutes after intercourse ”.

Rarer still is the allergy to own semen, known as postorgasmic syndrome and documented in medical publications since 2002, which causes man to suffer flu-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes, after ejaculation and for a week. The most likely cause of this syndrome is an autoallergic reaction to semen. Although the syndrome is rare, it is likely that many men who suffer from it do not go to the doctor because they do not know that it is a disease, they believe that its cause is psychological or they are embarrassed or confused.

NOTE: Consulting an allergist is crucial to detect a certain allergy.

 

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