November 15th, 2010
11:54 AM ET
People can have allergic reactions in bizarre ways: kissing, using a cell phone, and getting bitten by bed bugs. There are just a few things being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Love vs. allergies
Bahna advises this for the non-allergic partner: Brush teeth, rinse mouth, avoid the problem food for 16 to 24 hours before kissing the highly allergic person. Apparently, sometimes even all that isn't enough, he says. Some people can react to even traces of offending foods. But keep in mind that different people have different levels of sensitivity to food allergies - more mild sufferers don't need such precautions.
Unfortunately, there's no test to tell who's going to break out during a make-out.
The allergic call
That means that if you are an avid cell phone user and also have nickel allergies, you could be doing yourself harm. In fact, allergists are seeing more and more patients with nickel allergies, Fonacier said.
The only solution is to avoid nickel altogether. You can get a plastic cover for the phone, a wireless headset or a different phone.
More bed bug annoyances
In more mild cases, the itchiness from the bite can go beyond annoying, and develop into swelling, redness, hives and blisters
There's no easy cure for getting rid of bed bugs. Antihistamines and corticosteroid creams are the treatment for bed bug bites. Allergists who specialize in asthma can help patients who have asthmatic symptoms from the critters.
Bahna says schools should not completely eliminate peanuts, nor should airplanes. He instead encourages allergy sufferers to come up with a plan with their allergists to prevent and manage attacks. Only 1 percent of people with peanut allergies react to the smell or touch of peanuts, he said. It is impossible for an environment such as a school to be completely peanut free, and such institutions should still consider the people without allergies who want to enjoy such foods.
ACAAI tips for people with severe peanut allergies:
Other things people can have allergies to, according to speakers at this conference: semen, body piercings and tattoos.
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