A woman from the UK is allergic to exercise.
Some people who don’t like working out joke that they are allergic to exercise. Unfortunately for this mother of four, she is actually allergic to working up a sweat.
Kasia Beaver, 33, suffers a potentially dangerous reaction whenever she perspires.
Beaver suffers from a condition known as Exercise-Induced Angioedema or EIA.
After eating certain types of foods, running after her children or walking could cause her face to swell up. She may even go into anaphylactic shock.
Beaver, from Redditch, Worcestershire, said: “When I get an attack, my eyes swell up and start to itch. Within five minutes, they’re completely closed. It’s terrifying, especially if I’m alone with the children.”
“I was ice skating with my husband when I had a really bad attack. I had to use an epiPen to bring the swelling down.”
She also said that people don’t believe her when she says she is allergic to exercise.
“They think it’s just an excuse to be lazy. But the truth is, I used to go to the gym all the time. I was really sporty. I was a size ten.”
The first time she noticed her eyes swell was in her early 20’s. She assumed it was an allergic reaction to eye shadow.
Then one day she went to the gym with her mom and her eyes began to feel tight.
She was prescribed antihistamines to help stop the swelling. But since she walked everywhere to lose her baby weight the swelling kept coming back.
It took years for Beaver to realize that exercise was the trigger to her allergies.
Her allergic reactions also happen every time her heart rate goes up.
“I was on the bus with my children when it suddenly swerved. The driver slammed on his brakes and the buggy tipped up.”
“My eyes instantly swelled up. I and all four children with me and I didn’t know what to do.”
“Every time my heart rate goes up I have an attack. My sex life was null and void.”
Doctors have told her that her allergies are food related, but they do not know what kinds of food trigger it.
“They’ve tested me for all sorts. If I knew what food it was I would stop eating it.”
“I’ve been prescribed an epiPen in case an attack turns into an anaphylactic shock but luckily it hasn’t yet. I know the signs now and stop what I’m doing because I can’t risk it.”
According to Maureen Jenkins from Allergy UK, people can suffer allergic symptoms when they exercise. If it occurs during exercise, this usually means it is linked to eating a certain food beforehand.
Fortunately, a new type of antihistamine has now allowed her to walk to the park with her children without an allergic reaction.