Allergic reactions can be triggered by an array of different substances, from food items or pollen to chemicals, metals or medications. Most allergic reactions are manifested by itching, redness of the skin and swelling, as well as blisters, shortness of breath and, in more severe case, anaphylactic shock and even death.
Bizarre allergic reactions
Some of the more unusual triggers of allergic reactions include:
- Beef and other meats (Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology Journal, 2001)
- Female hormones (European Dermatology Journal, 2002)
- Water (known as aqua-genic urticaria; 30 cases of this allergy have been described in medical literature, including a 1998 Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology case study)
- Mobile phones (International Neuroscience Journal, 2011)
Unusual reactions to allergens include:
- Baboon syndrome (bright red rash on the inner thighs, genitals and anus), triggered by exposure to metals (gold, mercury, nickel) or oral, intravenous or topical administration of antibacterial medications or antibiotics
- Oral allergy syndrome, caused by fruit and vegetable proteins(swollen face; mouth/lip, tongue and throat; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology)
- Shiny black spots/deposits on the skin, a rare reaction to poison oak or poison ivy (Dermatitis Journal study, 2008)
- Tattoo-related skin tumours (Cutaneous Pathology Journal, 2010)
Fortunately, these unusual allergies and reactions are comparatively rare.
Some allergies can be triggered by prolonged exposure to toxic or otherwise harmful substances or by accidents at work leading to sudden exposure to massive quantities of such substances. While most allergic reactions can be successfully treated and symptoms will recede sooner or later, in some cases, workplace accidents or prolonged exposure to dust, harmful or toxic substances can lead to affected individuals developing serious, potentially permanent and even fatal industrial illnesses.
Industrial diseases resulting from prolonged or workplace accident related exposure to harmful substances may, for example, consist of:
- Mesothelioma, asbestosis or other types of cancer
- Mucous membrane imbalance, pleural plaques or thickening
- Asthma, byssinosis or chrome ulceration
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Dermatitis, isocyanate poisoning or pneumoconiosis
Individuals affected by such illnesses may be entitled to industrial illness compensation.
Our Accident Advice Helpline legal team has years of experience in handling claims for work injury compensation. If you had a work accident or were diagnosed with an industrial disease within the last three years, call our helpful advisors on freephone 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) for no win no fee* legal assistance now.
Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown