Talia Liolios was sure she'd won the unlucky allergy dip by battling reactions to dust mites, mould and grass for most of her life.
But the 22-year-old hit the jackpot when she recently discovered she was allergic to a substance in her own skin.
The condition she has is called pityrosporum folliculitis, where natural yeast gets down into the hair follicles and multiplies, causing an itchy, acne-like eruption.
"I get both a viral and bacteria infection, which has happened three times this winter, and looks very similar to the shingles virus but I get it all over my face and neck," she said.
"I get cold sores and scabs everywhere, and the actual swelling is really bad because I can grow another chin or my eyes well over."
Because dermatologists previously thought she only had eczema - which she also suffers from - she's tried multiple creams and medications to no avail.
The pain forced her to ditch work for the couch on many winter days, while icepacks and sleeping tablets helped her get through the nights.
Ms Liolios isn't the only Canberran who's suffered bad luck with allergies.
In another bizarre case, Canberra photography student Jessica Charley might be around ink for a living, but hives take over her skin whenever she touches the newspaper kind.
"I touched it [a newspaper] by accident the other day with just one finger while I was getting into my house, and immediately it started getting really red and itchy," she said.
Ironically, former bartender Alexandra Furniss has the same reaction when she touches alcohol and is unfamiliar with the horrible experience of a hangover.
"I also tried consuming alcohol when I was 18 and vomited not long after, so I've stayed away from drinking alcohol ever since," she said.
Many who dislike the city's brisk winters would likely think twice before complaining in front of Anderi Abdulhamid, who is allergic to the cold.
He has a rare condition called cold-induced urticaria, where cold breezes, supermarket freezers and icy drinks trigger an allergic reaction that in some cases become serious.
Though he gets large red welts and swollen skin when he's exposed to the cold, Mr Abdulhamid keeps a positive attitude and considers himself lucky.
"Apparently mine is mild," he said.
"The nurse who diagnosed me has it more severe in that any intravenous medication has to be warmed to a certain temperature before being pumped in."
Director of immunology at the Canberra Hospital, Professor Matthew Cook, said these types of allergies where quite rare, but that some people developed the same itchy rashes and swelling from exercising, having their clothes press against their skin or even drinking or touching water.
"Distinguishing cold and water induced urticaria [hives] and angioedema [swelling] can be difficult because sometimes people go swimming in cold water and you can't distinguish if it's the water or the cold," he said.
"But of course if you start to get in to trouble with swelling in your airway while you're going for a swim then that can be very serious."
He said only one in a million people suffered from cold and water induced urticaria and that they could usually be treated with antihistamines and other forms of immune treatment.