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5 Rare & Surprising Allergies (Slideshow)

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2. Shoes.

How could someone possibly be allergic to shoes? Well, you aren’t, technically, you’re allergic to particular materials used in many shoes. Just as people with nickel allergies develop rashes from costume jewelry, people allergic to leather, glue, resin, or whatever else, suffer cracked, itchy, painful skin. Most people with shoe contact dermatitis find particular brands that work for them, or, at the very least, never go without socks.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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11:45PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

very nice indeede

8:55AM PST on Dec 29, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

11:37PM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

great

11:46AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Thanks.

3:49AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Allergic to water?????

6:26AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Wow! Really opens my eyes - I can't believe how many of these things I take for granted.

11:20PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Always good to disseminate information about the rarer yet not uncommon conditions. Ta.

12:42AM PST on Dec 3, 2013

Hmmm... not sure about this.

8:46AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

my son and niece are allergic to carrots... his pediatrician thinks its actually an intolerance to beta carotene, but carrots cause the worst issues. he does okay with most other orange/red/yellow foods.

12:49PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Got it, thank you!

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