Could You Have One Of These Scary And Unusual Allergies?

Having a fancy dish threaded with golden bird’s nest may make most people’s eyes shine, but not for 39-year-old Grace Chung. Instead, she would poke and prod at her food to make sure there is none of the prized delicacy hidden somewhere.

Another person cannot exercise or exert himself within a few hours of eating shellfish. These allergies, while uncommon, can cause unpleasant and even serious reactions in some people.

Last month, a 60-year-old woman who was allergic to prawns died after eating two pieces of prawn. She had anaphylaxis, a severe reaction in which the immune system releases a flood of chemicals that can cause one to go into shock. This causes the blood pressure to drop suddenly and the airways to narrow, possibly blocking breathing.

A month before that, a three- year-old boy with a relatively common peanut allergy had to be given anti-allergy medication on board a Singapore Airlines flight. He was vomiting and could not speak properly when other passengers started opening their packets of peanuts that had been served as a snack.

Though it is rare for a peanut allergy to be so serious, the incident is a reminder of how people’s innocent actions can really hurt someone who has a serious food allergy.

Most food allergies are caused by common products such as shellfish, milk, nuts and eggs. The best way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid these foods altogether.

Here is a look at some of the less common allergies.

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