Allergies suck! No one likes them. The most common is hayfever and it’s not the worst allergy but it still totally blows. Red eyes, itchy face, blocked nose, crying for no reason; it all makes you feel like you were punched in the face by a monster made of fibreglass insulation. But allergies get way way worse than that. We all know that allergies can kill, and that the most common one to do so is an allergy to peanuts. You’d think that, as totally lame as that is, it’s still survivable right? You just avoid peanuts, and while that’s not easy, it seems at least possible. But some people aren’t even that lucky. Some allergies are impossible to avoid. We went out and researched the worst possible allergies people could have.
Some of them sound absolutely nightmarish!
Water makes up over 80% of our body, so how can we be allergic to it? Well, it’s simple really. A water allergy involves the way your skin behaves. It’s not a true allergy, but it does involve breaking out in hives and rashes that cause agony every time your skin touches water. Any water. So rain, sweat, tears, spit, and any other kind of fluid with water in it will cause your skin to break out in a painful swelling rash that is itchy and sore. People describe it being so painful that they can’t even bear to sleep because the sheets on their bed cause immense pain when they touch their rashes. Just think about how it’d be if every time you cried, or spilt a drink, or accidentally got caught in the rain, you experienced a painful reaction? It’d be awful.
2. The Sun
Being allergic to water is pretty bad because it’s everywhere. But so is the sun and while it may sound ridiculous, it is perfectly possible to have an ‘allergy’ to the sun. Not only can you be photosensitive, so that too much sun causes your skin to get angry, red, rashy and sore (a bit like sunburn except even a minute of exposure on a cloudy day can cause it). But you can also be allergic to your sun-kissed skin. This is where your body attacks your own sun-altered skin as if it’s an intruder or a germ, and the result can be painful welts, peeling, and rashes that severely hurt. Even the slightest exposure can provoke this. Ouch!
As the photo above attests, some people can develop painful reactions to the slightest bit of pressure on their skin. This pretty picture comes courtesy of the artist Ariana Russell who uses her unique condition as part of her photography and artwork. Still, while she’s making the most of a bad situation,S most people with this skin condition live a life where the slightest itch, scratch or bit of pressure causes their skin to form painful welts and raised rashes in response. Simple acts like brushing up against a wall, or leaning against a chair, or resting your arms on your desk, could cause you great discomfort and pain.
I know, I know. There are a million jokes waiting to be told here aren’t there? Yeah, yeah, I’m allergic to exercise too, blah blah blah. But the truth is that there is a serious condition called Exercise-Induced-Anaphylaxis and if that doesn’t make immediate sense let’s put it like this. Some people go into shock and die if they exercise too much, and it will happen with very little warning. Anaphylactic shock is not a joke and typically requires being stabbed with an epipen to avoid death or suffocation. And, like most allergies, this one also comes with the usual hives, rashes, sneezing, and all the other usual discomforts. So imagine breaking out in painful welts if you start to get a bit out of breath, while also knowing that if you push it a little bit further you might just drop dead with very little warning. It sounds like it’d be a living nightmare.
5. The cold
Just like the sun and water, people can be allergic to the cold. And it can be painful. Hives, rashes, welts and sores can all occur in response to being exposed to cold temperatures. This must make day-to-day living in the winter months an absolute nightmare to go through. And it’s not just winter either. Suffers describe how swimming pools and any source of cold water can cause a reaction. Perhaps worst of all, this is an allergy that anyone can get as a response to a fever or a virus! So it’s worth thinking about that this isn’t something you’re born with, you can actually get it as an adult!