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5 Rare & Surprising Allergies (Slideshow)

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4. Cold Weather.

Many people can’t stand winter, but a select few shouldn’t stand it at all. People with cold urticaria come down with hives, redness, itching and swelling after exposure to cold temperatures. In the worst case scenario, very often when a person with the allergy swims in very cold water, it can even lead to shock, fainting, brain damage and death. Like many rare allergies, it’s likely that this one is under-diagnosed.

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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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