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Top 5 Strangest Allergies

November 4, 2015 | Johannes Van Zijl

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Did you know that it is possible to be allergic to water? Yes, that’s correct, there are people suffering from an allergy to water! 

Allergies are brought about when our immune system, which normally protects the body, overreacts to a substance that doesn’t actually harm you. When in contact with an allergen, the immune system sees it as foreign to the body and initiates an allergic reaction. When this occurs, histamine is released in the tissue that contacted the allergen. Histamine causes swelling that allows white blood cells to enter the tissue and help fight the invader (the allergen), but it can also cause muscle contraction in the throat which makes breathing difficult or impossible.

Most of us are familiar with the normal allergies we hear about or might even suffer from. These may range from nut allergies to dust allergies, but in some rare occasions, allergies get a lot stranger than that!  Here are 5 of the weirdest allergies people suffer from!   

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