Who knew that being 'allergic to exercise' wasn't just an excuse to sit on the sidelines during P.E. in school? Apparently, you can actually be allergic to physical activity with a disorder called exercise-induced anaphylaxis, which is a lot less fun than a glass of wine.
Researchers and doctors are at a standstill as to why the condition happens or what causes it but what we do know is that it affects every 50 in 100,000 people, making it not a common condition but one that affects a decent amount of people. If you have exercise-induced anaphylaxis, you may experience flushing of the skin, hives, swelling, and nausea, among other symptoms when performing physical activity.
Trigger foods, such as wheat and shellfish, may actually cause symptoms to flare up in those with the condition. People with EIA who take an aspirin before a work out can also see symptoms come to surface, such as swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, or feeling faint or weak.
EIA is found more commonly in people who do not exercise than ones who do, so keeping active is an even better idea for those of us who have yet to feel any negative symptoms from exercising. If you do believe you legitimately have EIA, you can always take up swimming - as it's one of the only forms of physical activity that doesn't cause side effects. Those with EIA might also consider travelling with an EpiPen and consulting a medical professional to create an exercise program that best suits their needs.