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5 Rare & Surprising Allergies (Slideshow)

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1. The Sun.

Sure, many people will get a sunburn after they spend a summer day at the beach sans sunscreen, but for people with one of the handful of different allergies to the sun, it’s a whole other animal. Itchy red rashes and hives are common, and headaches and blisters aren’t unheard of. One rare, genetic condition is porphyria, known as the “Vampire Disease,” where exposure to the sun can actually cause paralysis and psychosis.

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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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11:46AM 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!

2:34PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

There are some allergies that I don't think exist. The others are surprising.

11:28AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

I am allergic to slideshows for more than 3 pages!!....
Thank you.

3:22PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Interesting. But I'm also allergic to stupid people.

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