Most people who suffer from allergies have a common cause at the root, whether it’s seasonal pollen, cigarette smoke, dust mites, or pet dander. And plenty of people claim food allergies to items like shellfish, peanuts, and dairy. A surprising number actually play host to a wide variety of allergies, sometimes making it difficult to pinpoint the causes of symptoms. But these people can all consider themselves lucky that they don’t have to contend with some of the weird and wild allergies that could be attacking them. Here are just a few of the interesting and odd allergies that have been reported, as well as some homeopathic remedies that could be used to treat them.
While there are all sorts of environmental sources of allergies, you might be surprised to learn that some poor individuals are allergic to sunlight and water (although generally not at the same time). Those who suffer from allergies to these natural elements have a rough time since exposure often causes them to break out in hives, rashes, and even lesions that may itch, sting, or both. Can you even imagine getting in a shower when you’re allergic to water? Or stepping out into the sunlight and breaking out into painful hives on any exposed body parts? Luckily, there is help and it doesn’t have to be medicinal.
Those who cannot bear to have water on their skin may have to use dry-baths, but they can also partake of many natural oils to moisturize and treat their symptoms. Coconut oil is an excellent whole-body moisturizer that may also treat symptoms of exposure to allergens. It is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which means that open sores should not be subject to infection. And almond oil is a good choice not only because it smells nice, but also because it can calm itching and skin irritation, as well as reduce inflammation. Vitamin E oil is another mild alternative meant to soothe the skin, but if you’re looking for something that is available in commercial creams, you may want to try Shea butter (just make sure that products don’t contain water). These cures may also be useful in dealing with allergic reactions to the sun.
Another rare allergy that has a simple, homeopathic solution is the allergy to sex. Believe it or not, there are people who suffer an allergic reaction to male seminal fluids. Luckily, it seems that the easiest way to overcome this allergy is through desensitization. In at least one documented case, a patient was cured of symptoms after practicing a regimen of exposure (having intercourse) at 48-hour intervals for several months. You may scoff at just one case study, but considering how rare the condition is, the number is significant. As for dealing with symptoms in the meantime, you’ve likely heard of some homeopathic treatments such as rinsing with an apple cider vinegar solution or using a warm saline bath, but if irritation persists you may create any number of remedies using herb-infused oils that contain items like calendula, comfrey, and St. John’s Wort (recipes can be found online).
While common allergies often call for the use of HEPA vacuums and air purifiers (like the whole-house Austin air system that uses your central air ducts to pull allergens from the air and recirculate it more cleanly), you may have to go the extra mile to find remedies for oddball allergies, especially if you plan to eschew the use of western medicine. However, there is help out there, so don’t hesitate to Google homeopathic remedies for even the strangest allergies.