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Want an excuse to avoid the washing up? There are very rare cases of aquagenic urticaria, a rash caused by contact with water, even the person’s own sweat.

See the paper in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. From Discover’s 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Allergies

A bite from a lone star tick could make you allergic to red meat. Keeping using the bug repellant!

See the paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. From Discover’s 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Allergies.

An allergy to semen is known as human seminal plasma hypersensitivity, and symptoms include itching, burning, redness and swelling.

See the paper in the Chemical and Immunology and Allergy. From Discover’s 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Allergies.

Progesterone is one of the female hormones and some women develop autoimmune progesterone dermatitis, with symptoms ranging from allergic rashes to full anaphylactic shock. Treatments include steroids, antihistamines, progesterone-blocking drugs or removal of the ovaries.

See the paper in the International Journal of Dermatology. From Discover’s 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Allergies.

Getting a dose of a hookworm, an African parasite, could help with asthma and allergies. The hygiene hypothesis suggests that we get more allergies now because our immune systems don’t have enough to do – so perhaps the hookworm distracts the immune system and gives it something to work on? I wouldn’t try this at home, at least until researchers have finished clinical trials.

See the paper in Journal of Immunology – from Discover’s 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Allergies

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