More than 50 million people in the United States are all allergic to something, whether it’s a food, dander, dust, or other triggers. Complications from allergies can range from a runny nose to life-threatening anaphylaxis. But having allergies doesn’t mean you can’t live the life you want. Many famous people also live with allergies on a daily basis. Check out the stories of these seven celebrities with allergies.
2 / 8 Halle Berry
Oscar-winning actress and “Bond girl” Halle Berry is perhaps best known for her good looks and fashion sense. But she also lives with allergies on a daily basis. Berry is reportedly one of the 7 million Americans who are allergic to shrimp. About 7 million Americans have a shellfish allergy. Unlike other food allergens, a shellfish allergy often doesn’t develop until you reach adulthood, so not having it as a child doesn’t mean you won’t get it later in life.
3 / 8 Ray Romano
Living with allergies is no laughing matter to comedian and actor Ray Romano. The Everybody Loves Raymond and Parenthood star reportedly has a peanut allergy, which is the most common food allergen among children. It’s also one of the types of allergies most commonly associated with anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal allergy complication in which the throat swells and breathing becomes difficult.
4 / 8 Zooey Deschanel
New Girl actress and singer Zooey Deschanel isn’t new to living with allergies. The sitcom star has been open about her allergy issues for years. She’s reportedly allergic to eggs, dairy, and gluten, found in wheat, rye, and certain other grains — common allergies in people. Deschanel recently took to Twitter to vent about her allergies, writing, “My allergy pill to cups of coffee ration is WAY off today. WAY OFF, you guys.”
5 / 8 Joshua Jackson
Fringe star Joshua Jackson deals with lots of dangerous situations in front of the camera, but a real-life allergy complication reportedly sent him to the emergency room in 2011. The former Dawson’s Creek actor is reportedly allergic to nuts and is also an asthmatic. While most attention is paid to peanut allergies in people, tree nuts can be as deadly — everything from cashews to walnuts; knowing exactly which nuts to avoid is a must when you have these types of allergies.
6 / 8 Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Controversial former co-host of The View Elisabeth Hasselbeck is outspoken about her celiac disease, a digestive condition that causes a severe immune reaction to gluten. As a celebrity with allergies, she’s written a survival guide for people who also want to follow a gluten-free lifestyle, called “The G-Free Diet.” Because so many people are now going gluten-free, it’s easier to shop for foods, but always read the ingredient lists — don’t rely only on the “gluten-free” label. Some people are allergic only to wheat, but true celiac disease means you must beware of wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
7 / 8 Clay Aitken
Singer and one of the most famous of the American Idol runner-ups Clay Aitken had allergies long before he became a TV sensation and international celebrity. The now-Broadway star reportedly has numerous types of food allergies, including sensitivities to coffee, chocolate, shellfish, tree nuts, and mushrooms.