April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine
It's a joke you've probably cracked at one point or another -- "I'm allergic to the elliptical machine!" Sounds like the ultimate excuse to avoid the gym, right? But for some people, it's no joke.
It's called exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA), and, according to Brian Smart, M.D., an allergist and immunologist at the DuPage Medical Group Asthma and Allergy Center in Glen Ellyn, Ill., it's quite rare, with rates of under one in 1,000 people.
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"Life-threatening episodes and fatalities have been reported, but are quite uncommon with this condition," he says. "Nonetheless, anaphylaxis is always serious and should be treated as such." EIA can affect anyone, of any age, race or gender, but Dr. Smart says it's seen most often in people in their 20s and 30s.
Wait -- so people are actually, like, ALLERGIC to exercise? Not exactly, says Dr. Smart. "That's a misnomer -- but exercise can trigger