Three more allergies you probably haven’t heard of

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Three more allergies you probably haven’t heard of

Back in February, we talked about three unusual allergies you don’t see every day. We’ve all heard of people who are allergic to dogs or peanuts, but red meat? Reptiles? Money? You definitely don’t see those too often.

But they are very real allergies you can suffer from. So we thought we’d dive into three more uncommon allergies. Let’s take a look.

Bean bags

If melting into a beanbag gives you tearful eyes and a runny nose, it might be best to stick to the sofa. Most beanbags are filled with polystyrene, which can cause an allergic reaction. Okay, so why not go for one filled with dried soybeans? That’s all well and good, except they can cause allergic reactions too. If you react to soybeans in bean bags, at least you know to avoid it in your food too.


Itchiness, swelling, and redness are normal after getting a tattoo. But when these problems persist or a rash develops, you could be looking at an allergy. It’s not clear yet why some people have reactions to tattoo ink, but some form of reaction isn’t uncommon. 

In a survey of 300 tattooed people in New York, 13 participants reported acute reactions, and 18 reported chronic reactions. These include itchiness, swelling, scaliness or raised skin for more than four months.

Laundry detergent

Anyone can be allergic to laundry detergent, and it can develop even after you’ve been using it for a while. The reaction it causes on the skin is called contact dermatitis. Symptoms include a red rash, tender skin, blisters, and dry cracking skin. Often, you can avoid an allergic reaction by using fragrance and dye-free detergents. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg – there are so many more unusual allergies out there you won’t have heard of. But if you think you might have an allergy, don’t wait around and get a test.

If you’re ever worried about any potential allergies, get in touch with the expert allergists at London Allergy and Immunology Centre. To find out more, call us today on 02031 433 449.

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