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People Are Actually Allergic To Water!

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water allergy

OMG! This sounds HORRIBLE!

Can U imagine being allergic to water? Because we can't, but unfortunately, some people actually are!

Dr. Alan Baptist, associate program director for allergy and immunology at the University of Michigan, faced the biggest challenge in his career when a young woman came to him to help treat migraine-like pain and reddish welts appearing on her skin when she came into contact with H20.

As it turns out, she was allergic to water!

Aquagenic urticaria is the term used to the describe the rare condition, which Baptist feels is largely undiagnosed because "if a person showers every day and has urticaria every day, their doctor would think they just have chronic urticaria."

Luckily for anybody who is allergic to water, at least they can drink it! The reaction only occurs when water comes in contact with the outer skin.

Still, overall, it's a pretty miserable situation for any human being. Not only can a sufferer not cool off with a dip in the pool, relax in a hot bath, or have fun with a water balloon fight, they have to weary of getting too passionate in the sack because saliva will irritate their skin too! Similarly, tears and sweat can trigger a reaction too!

Scientists can't explain how or why the allergy occurs, but Baptist was at least able to control the young woman's headaches and welts by mixing together a concoction of antihistamines, anti-cholinergic medications, and SSRI drugs.

Have U ever known anybody with a similar allergy? If so, how do they cope with it?

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12 Great Ways To Reduce Indoor Pet Allergens

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About 10% - 15% of the population has some level of pet allergies.

An estimated one-third of people who are allergic to cats still live with one anyway.

Pet allergies can be caused by a reaction to dander (dead skin cells and hair) or proteins in their hair, saliva and urine.

There are many ways to reduce the levels of pet allergens indoors so everyone can live a more comfortable, less itchy, life.

Lori Thomas Dickert from AllPetNews has some great tips

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Peanuts Protected By Law


Peanuts have more rights than some living creatures.

Despite the Department of Public Transportations murmurings of a possible peanut ban on airplanes to avoid bothering those with severe allergic reactions, a 12-year-old law blocks the agency from tampering with peanut policy without more scientific study.

The Department of Public Transportation said in a statement:

"The Department is prohibited by law from restricting the serving of peanuts aboard aircraft unless a peer-reviewed study determines that serving of peanuts causes severe reactions among airline passengers. There has been no such peer-reviewed study, so we declined to take action at this time."

The government proposed the ban last June and asked the public to give their opinions on the possible ban on the Public Transportation's website.

Many peanut allergy sufferers supported the ban, but the government decided to honor the existing law and has put any peanut objections on the back burner for now.

Fortunately for those suffering from severe peanut allergies, some carriers have developed their own policies to protect allergic passengers.

Some flights no longer serve peanuts and even create peanut-free buffer zones, so if you're worried about an allergic reaction, make sure to do the proper research before hopping on your next flight!

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10 Worst Allergy Spots In The US

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10 Worst Allergy Spots In The US

Make sure to pack some benedryl before taking a trip to any of these cities!

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is releasing it’s annual “Allergy Capitals’ list soon, but here’s a sneak peak at the top 10 offenders.

Each city is ranked from 1-100 (100 being the worst):

Knoxville, Tennessee, Score: 100
Louisville, Kentucky, Score: 94.25
Charlotte, North Carolina, Score: 92.24
Jackson, Mississippi, Score: 91.64
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Score: 89.28
Birmingham, Alabama, Score: 89.17
Dayton, Ohio, Score: 89.14
Richmond, Virginia, Score: 88.93
McAllen, Texas, Score: 88.78
Madison, Wisconsin, Score: 87.50

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Dutch Scientists Say Men May Be Allergic To Their Own Semen

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Men allergic to semen

That's right…we had the same reaction. Let's just say it together.


There's a mysterious phenomenon in which some men come down with a flu-like illness immediately after having an orgasm and Dutch scientists are saying these men may be allergic to their own semen.

If that's true, that's a pretty unfortunate allergy.

The condition is known as post-orgasmic illness sydrome, or POIS and believe it or not, has been on scientists' radars for nearly 10 years

It's not commonly known by patients or doctors because experts suspect many men who experience the post-ejaculate sickness don't come forward and tell their doctor about it out of embarrassment.

Embarrassment? More like, confusion!

Who would ever guess they are allergic to their own semen?

In a study at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, thirty-three men agreed to undergo a skin-prick (no pun intended) allergy test using a diluted form of their own semen and a whopping 88 percent had a reaction indicating an allergic reaction!

Symptoms of POIS include fever, runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes that come on straight after climax and can last up to a week.

This is shocking to say the least, but at least it will encourage men to last longer and maybe learn the art of tantric sex.

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Justin Bieber Rushed To Hospital

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Just Bieber Rushed To Hospital

Justin Bieber was rushed to the hospital during the shoot of his appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He was taken to the Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California around 7 PM.

Says his rep:

"He was having trouble breathing due to an allergic reaction. His doctor met him there. He stayed at the hospital about 30 minutes and was discharged."

Thank God Biebz is OK!!

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