Allergies affect as many as 30% of adults in the United States, with triggers ranging from food, dust, pet dander, pollen, and more. Allergy symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, wheezing, or even life-threatening anaphylaxis. These symptoms can sometimes feel debilitating, but living with allergies doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish the things you want. Many celebrities successfully live with allergies. For example, did you know that despite having her own line of fragrances, Beyoncé is allergic to perfume?
Queen Bey isn’t the only celebrity to be successful while managing allergies. Here are a few more celebs that deal with allergies:
Serena Williams is allergic to peanuts. If you have a peanut allergy like Serena, the two of you aren’t alone – it is one of the most common food allergies, and its prevalence seems to be growing in children. The number of children in the United States with a peanut allergy tripled between the years 1997 and 2008, according to a study funded by FARE. The symptoms of a peanut allergic reaction include nausea, an itching or tingling sensation around the mouth, hives, or even anaphylaxis. Managing a peanut allergy requires the avoidance of peanuts, carrying an epinephrine injector, and learning to read ingredient labels.
Halle Berry is reportedly allergic to shrimp. Shellfish is among one of the most common food allergies, and can also be one of the most dangerous. An anaphylactic reaction to shellfish requires medical attention, including an epinephrine injection and a visit to the emergency room. If you have a shellfish allergy, you will need to be cautious to avoid foods that may trigger a reaction and carry an epinephrine injector with you at all times.
Zooey Deschanel has been relatively open about her food allergies and sensitivities. She told Time Out Chicago that she has sensitivities to dairy, wheat, soy, and eggs. As with other allergies, people with a dairy allergy experience symptoms because the body’s immune system reacts to harmless substances (ex. milk) as though they were dangerous to the body. If you experience digestive issues after eating certain foods, keep a food journal to track what you’re eating and your symptoms. Bring this journal with you when you make an appointment with your allergist.
Miley Cyrus had to delay her 2014 tour after an allergic reaction to an antibiotic used to treat a sinus infection. While an allergic reaction to an antibiotic is rare, it can be severe. Symptoms can include asthma, hives, eczema, and anaphylaxis in serious cases. If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a drug allergy, stop taking the medication and seek medical attention.
Kelly Clarkson tweeted about her skin prick allergy test results in 2013. She joked that she should “live in a bubble” due to the number of allergies she was diagnosed with, including pollen and pet dander. If you’ve been diagnosed with pet allergies like Kelly, it’s not time to shave the family pet – you’re not allergic to your pet’s fur. Instead, you are allergic to proteins found in an animal’s saliva, skin cells, and urine. Symptoms of a pet allergy include red or itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, and coughing. Medication can help your symptoms, but the best course of action is avoidance. If you have a family pet, you’ll need to clean and vacuum on a regular basis and keep your pets out of the bedroom.
Britney Spears is reportedly allergic to bee stings and will break out into hives if stung. Bee stings can cause different reactions that range from the hives Britney experiences all the way to anaphylaxis. It is important to remember that having one type of reaction does not mean that is what you will experience every time. A severe allergic reaction to a bee sting can include symptoms such as skin reactions, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue or throat, and nausea, among others. People that have a severe reaction to a bee sting puts them at an increased risk of an anaphylactic reaction in the future. If you are allergic to insect stings, it’s important to stay vigilant when spending time outdoors and carry an epinephrine injector if necessary.
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