People with serious allergies tend to live a lot more carefully. For the most severely affected, a peanut butter sandwich, the flutter of a bee, a chunk of mango in a fruit salad can be the difference between a good day and a long stint in the hospital — or worse.

And while you’ve definitely met a person allergic to gluten or peanuts, chances are, you’ve never seen a soul allergic to these surprisingly common materials. Strangely, however, all of these items, likely in your home right now, can cause an unlucky few to suffer major reactions!

1. Water: It seems almost unbelievable that you could be allergic to such a major life source, but there have been some recent cases saying it’s so. These people can still drink water, but their skin gets red and itchy when it comes into contact with H20.


2. The smell of fish: While it’s rather common to be allergic to ingested fish, some people have trouble breathing when they smell it. This is most likely due to mercury levels, but they still have to avoid all seafood.

3. Sunlight: We should all be careful with severe sun exposure, but sun allergies take it to a whole new level. While some people have to cover their whole body on the beach, others take night jobs and get special shades for their windows!

4. Cellphones: Since the rise of mobile phones, people have reported their faces getting red and itchy if they place their phone to their ear. This is because the screens are often made with nickel. May we suggest headphones?

5. Sweat: We know it seems tricky, but you can be allergic to your own sweat. It can be caused by food, salt levels, or hormones, but sufferers face hives, nausea, low blood pressure, and trouble breathing. Better avoid saunas and exercise!

6. Saline: Saline solution is just salt and water. Medical science considers it a completely benign substance, and it’s often used to battle dehydration, stuffy nose, and dry eyes. But don’t be fooled; one woman went into anaphylactic shock from it!

7. Progesterone (female hormones): Thankfully, this doesn’t occur constantly, but some women suffer from an autoimmune disease during menstruation. While most ladies just get a pimple, some break out in hives for days. As if it wasn’t bad enough already!

8. Plastic: Perhaps one of the most unnatural substances on Earth, being allergic to plastic is pretty common — and extremely inconvenient. Sufferers tend to wear rubber gloves everywhere…unless they’re also allergic to rubber.

9. Red meat: Speaking of those who can’t eat animals, there have been a few lone cases of people who couldn’t consume the other side of Surf ‘N Turf. Oddly enough, most of these allergies started after the patients had a tick bite and then lasted for decades.

10. Leather: Whether it’s the material itself or the components used in the tanning process, leather causes some people to develop burns, itches, or rashes. Luckily, petting cows is still a totally safe activity (as long as they don’t kick you).

11. Touch: Feeling a little lonely? Just remember that 4% of the population is allergic to touch and will walk around with marks for hours after being gripped or scraped lightly. Count your blessings and be glad if you can be hugged tightly!

12. The cold: Yeah yeah, we all hate the cold and joke that we’re allergic to it, but some people actually are. People who suffer from this allergy can develop hives or become extremely dizzy when exposed to inclement weather. Our advice? Move to Arizona!

13. Shoes: No one is allergic to all footwear, but shoes do often contain common allergens, such as leather, rubber, resin, varnish, or harsh dyes. Those allergic can take solace in the fact their closets won’t overflow with new kicks!

14. Humans: While we have discussed sweat, touch, and hormones, humans aren’t actually allergic to other humans. But dogs can be! A Labrador was proved to be allergic to dead skin cells from humans. Let’s hope this doesn’t start occurring more frequently!

15. Vibrations: Scientists have not quite figured out how it works, but a rapidly moving object can cause allergic reactions in a very small percentage of people. Researchers speculate it may be a similar condition to epilepsy, but that is not proven.

16. Wood: People with wood allergies won’t get sick from sitting on your old dining room chairs. Instead, they react badly to freshly cut wood and wood shavings, so they need to be careful with pencils and fireplaces.

17. Semen: Oddly enough, this allergy occurs across both sexes and can be quite dangerous. Of course, men are not allergic when it’s still in their bodies, but any contact can lead to hospitalization.

18. Wasps: While bee allergies are quite common, wasp allergies are not. Then again, people are more careful around them and tend to get stung less. John Clark, a happy, healthy father from Tampa Bay, Florida, found out he was allergic the painful way.

 John loved his wife and six-year-old daughter— he especially enjoyed playing the guitar as his little girl sang along. They could never have imagined, however, what would happen to him…


One otherwise ordinary day, John was gardening outside his family’s home when he got stung four times by yellow jackets. The stings hurt, but he was able to walk back into the house, seemingly fine.


After his wife got him an ice pack, John started acting strangely, and it became clear that something was seriously wrong. He was experiencing numbness and difficulty breathing, and as he gasped for air he told his wife that he loved her.


What followed was absolutely terrifying, especially for anyone who ever spends a significant amount of time outdoors. John Clark died from the stings he suffered due to an unknown allergy he developed later in life.

While it’s easy to say that this all could have been avoided if John knew that he was allergic to wasp stings, the fact of the matter is that there’s no real way of knowing that you’re allergic until you’ve actually been stung.

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Sometimes, the allergy develops later in your life; you don’t necessarily need to be allergic to wasp stings from birth. In John’s case, he became so terribly allergic to these stings that, by the time he did get stung, it was already too late for anybody to save him.

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If you do survive a wasp sting, though, you can easily determine whether you’re allergic. If your only symptom is a bit of pain for a few hours, then chances are that you probably don’t have the allergy—although that’s not to say that you can’t become allergic later in your life.

If you do have a sensitivity to wasp stings, you may exhibit other symptoms. You may notice swelling, itching, or hives in parts of your body other than where you’ve been stung. You could also experience difficulty breathing, cramps, dizziness, diarrhea, or nausea.

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Regardless of whether you’re allergic, there are measures you can take to prevent wasp stings. Some of these include wearing long pants and sleeves when you’re outdoors, not drinking from open soda cans, and closing the windows of your car.

Even taking extra steps to avoid bees doesn’t always guarantee their absence. Bees require a safe environment to build their hives, and that means oftentimes, those busybodies are lurking in the last place anyone would suspect.

In late September, a Tennessee family was startled when they began hearing a strange noise coming from their walls. At first, they assumed that it must be some sort of animal…

After all, it’s not uncommon for animals, mostly rodents, to take up residence inside the warm walls of our homes when the weather gets cold. But the noises never went away when the seasons changed, they only got more intense

That’s when the family decided that it must be some sort of insect. They invested in a DIY bug-bomb and deployed it, hoping that this would be the thing that finally solved their creepy problem. 

After the round of pesticide treatment failed to banish the bugs who were presumably making such a racket, the family decided to call in a professional. They looked no further than pest expert David Glover.

David was confident that whatever winged creatures were humming away in the family’s wall would be no match for his years of experience. However, nothing could’ve prepared him for the shocking discovery he’d soon make.

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As David examined the outer wall of the home’s kitchen, he discovered a “weep hole” (the black line at the bottom center) and another small gap between the kitchen window and the brick. These small openings were most likely the entry points for whatever creatures decided to wiggle their way into the home.

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In order to get a sense of the size of whatever was lodged within the wall, David decided to use his infrared camera to pick up heat signatures. When the images came back, David was stunned at what he saw: whatever made itself at home in their walls was huge!

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David decided to use smoke as he worked in case he was dealing with dangerous stinging insects. He also sprayed a small amount of a natural repellent in order to keep them from escaping into the rest of the wall.

With the insects momentarily stunned by the smoke, David got to work widening the weep hole so he could get a better look inside. As soon as David pulled the first brick off the wall, his suspicions about the infestation were confirmed.

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The pesky home intruders were, in fact, a hive of busy honeybees. And judging by the size of the comb that was now visible through the brick, this was likely going to be the toughest pest removal job of David’s life.

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David began removing layer after layer of brick, knocking out two whole rows in just a few minutes. But with each brick he removed, David’s stomach sank just a little bit more at the sight of a beehive that just didn’t seem to end.

By the time David had removed five rows of brick, he realized just how big of a jam he had gotten himself into. When the entire hive was finally revealed, David couldn’t believe his eyes…


The hive was absolutely massive, its size dwarfing that of the kitchen window set above it. According to David, it was the single largest honeycomb he had ever seen!

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Upon closer inspection of the buzzing hive, David noticed that it contained thirteen capped queen cells, each with a separate virgin queen bee. It was clear to David that this hive wasn’t just incredibly active — it was thriving.

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As David inspected the rest of the hive, he noticed a number of dead bees clustered on the leftmost side. David deduced that this was likely where the exterminator had sprayed his initial batch of pesticide, however, the chemicals had no chance of killing off the entire colony.

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Though the bees were surely a nuisance, David knew that simply exterminating them would only contribute to the effects of the mass bee deaths occurring across the globe. And so, David decided to remove the hive piece by piece in order to relocate the bees to a more suitable home.

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After removing several chunks of honeycomb, David noticed that a large section was constructed as a convoluted mess of curves and tunnels. David described the strange combs as looking as if “the construction crew in this part of the hive was dropping acid.” How bizarre!

Despite the fact that David was essentially destroying their home, the honeybees were oddly cooperative with his efforts, especially for ones who just had their queens taken away. They even clustered on David’s shoulder as he worked.

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Once the combs were removed, David began cleaning up his work area. As one can imagine, ripping open a brick wall and removing a hive of thousands of bees from inside is pretty messy work!

While he was tidying up, David decided to place a box in the hole in the event that any worker bees that may have been frightened off by the commotion returned. After all, no hive is complete without its workers.

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After David finished cleaning, he was amazed at the imprint left behind by the thousands of dirty little bee feet. “Kind of cool when you think about all the times your Mom told you to wipe your feet before coming into the house,” David joked.

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With the hive safely removed, David will likely deliver the bees to a number of honey farms in the area. By doing this, David hopes to help those beekeepers currently dealing with colony losses.

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Bees may get a bad rap, but they’re an essential part of global agriculture and play a huge role in nearly every aspect of human daily life. So before you go swatting at a bee that gets a little too close for comfort, just remember: bees are our friends!