Three allergies you’ve probably never heard of


Three allergies you’ve probably never heard of

In the UK, the number of people living with allergies is increasing by 5% every year. That’s about 3 million people per year – more than currently live in Manchester. With allergy cases on the rise, it’s important to be aware of the different causes. 

We’ve all heard of common allergies such as an allergy to nuts, penicillin, and dust mites. But there are so many allergies out there that you won’t know exist because they’re just that uncommon. So here are three unusual allergies you probably haven’t heard of.


Some people are allergic to money. It’s most likely that the cause of this reaction is from the coins made of nickel, a common cause of contact dermatitis. Nickel can also be found in other everyday items such as jewellery, zippers, and mobile phones. So if you develop an itchy, dry, red rash on your hands, that change in your pocket could be the culprit.


When we think of pet allergies, we typically think of cats and dogs as the cause. But some pets that cause allergic reactions have no fur at all. Some people are allergic to reptiles. It’s suggested that the immune system responds to the proteins in their skin, which causes an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually include skin irritation, like an itchy rash on the hands from handling the animal, or respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing or shortness of breath.

Red meat

Most will have heard about ticks carrying Lyme disease, but there’s a lesser-known tick, the lone star tick, that’s known for causing an allergy to a carbohydrate found in meat. The carbohydrate, alpha-gal, can be found in the cells of mammals like pigs and cows. This means poultry and fish are safe to eat. 

Not all who are bitten by this tick develop an allergy, but those who do may suffer symptoms such as hives, itching, vomiting, diarrhoea, and – in the worst cases – anaphylaxis

Allergy symptoms can range from mild irritation to life-threatening. If you think you have an allergy, it’s always best to get a test so you can stay healthy and receive the expert advice you need.

If you think you may have an allergy, it’s always a good idea to get a test to be sure. Call Allergy Clinic London today on 02031 433 449 to put your mind at ease.

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