Yes, you can be allergic to the weather

allergic to the weather

Yes, you can be allergic to the weather

Britain is known for its unpredictable weather. Around mid-June we had the hottest day of the year and since then we’ve had spells of rain, wind, big coat weather, t-shirt weather, and everything in between. 

While this is frustrating for everyone, for some, it’s more than just a minor inconvenience. That’s right, people can be allergic to the weather. Let’s take a look at how these strange ailments affect some people’s lives…

Sun 

We’ve all heard of hay fever. Symptoms usually appear in the warmer months, making an otherwise lovely season irritating, to say the least. But a summer allergy you might not have heard of is sun allergy. 

Polymorphic light eruption, also known as sun poisoning, is the most common form. People with this condition develop itchy, red rashes on their skin when exposed to sunlight. Even just 30 minutes in the sun can trigger a reaction.

Rain

No one likes walking to the shops when it’s raining cats and dogs. But imagine how you’d feel if you were allergic to water too. Those with an allergy to water develop itchy, burning rashes when it touches their skin. 

Water allergy’s scientific name is aquagenic urticaria and triggers include tears, sweat, snow and rain. Those with severe water allergy can develop reactions just from drinking water and develop symptoms such as wheezing, a rash around the mouth, and difficulty swallowing and breathing.

Thunderstorms

Thankfully for those with thunderstorm asthma, thunderstorms aren’t too common here in the UK. Those with the condition find this weather triggers their allergy symptoms and makes their asthma a lot worse. 

During a thunderstorm, pollution and pollen particles are lifted into the air and turned into smaller particles. These smaller particles are inhaled deeper into the lungs, causing inflammation, irritation, and can easily cause asthma attacks. For those with allergies or asthma, it’s recommended to stay indoors during thunderstorms. 

There are so many unusual allergies out there, but that doesn’t mean you should suffer with your symptoms. If you ever feel you have a condition that holds you back, talk to a professional to find the right treatment for you.

Suffering from allergies? Get in contact with London Allergy & Immunology Centre. Our team of experts are on hand to help you regain control of your allergies and live a happy, healthy life. Call us today on 02031 433 449.

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