All of us can experience allergy at any point in our lives. Allergy symptoms can depend on your sensitivity. They may vary from person to person.
The severity and types of allergy symptoms depend on your genetics, the allergic reaction, and the type and amount of allergens involved.
Different kinds of allergic conditions can develop different kinds on signs and symptoms in specific organs or areas of your body.
The most common allergy symptoms affect the eyes, lungs, nose and sinuses. In severe conditions allergy symptoms can also appear in some organs such as skin, digestive system, and blood vessels.
All the allergy reactions won’t happen in the same way. Some of the allergy symptoms appear immediately after exposure to an allergen, whereas some others take hours or days. Allergy symptoms are different for both the type of allergic reactions.
Allergy symptoms due to immediate allergy reactions:
Immediate allergic reactions usually occur within minutes of exposure to an allergen. Allergy symptoms may vary depending on your genetics, and the area on the body where the reaction takes place. These immediate reactions can also be called as severe allergic reactions.
Allergy symptoms due to delayed allergic reactions:
Delayed allergy reactions generally appear two to six hours after the exposure. The signs and symptoms are same as those for immediate allergy reactions.
Again immediate and delayed allergy symptoms are classified as mild, moderate and severe reactions.
Mild allergy symptoms: Congestion, itchy, watery eyes and skin rash are mild reactions. These reactions don’t spread to other parts of the body.
Moderate allergy symptoms: Difficulty breathing and itchiness are the moderate reactions. They spread to other parts of the body.
Severe allergy symptoms: Anaphylaxis is a very severe life threatening reaction in which your body suddenly responds to the allergen and affects the whole body. Generally it begins with sudden itching of the eyes or face and within few minutes it progress to more severe symptoms.
List of allergy symptoms:
Allergic asthma: It is a delayed allergic reaction and can cause other problems such as loss of sleep due to nighttime asthma attacks.
Anaphylaxis: It is an immediate reaction and it comes out with many symptoms such as abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, ramps, diarrhea, mental confusion, and swelling. This is the result of ingested allergens such as food and medications.
Allergic rhinitis: Generally allergic rhinitis is due to the inhalation of airborne allergens such as dust, dust mites, mold spores, and pollen. Some times it can also lead to asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breathe. Pet dander can cause both asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Allergy symptoms on the skin: Eczema and hives are the most commonly occurring allergic reactions on the skin.
Eczema is a common condition in infants and adults. The symptoms can appear for a month. Hives are the red, itchy and swollen areas on your skin. They results immediately after the exposure to allergen.
To get relief from these allergy symptoms you can use medication or you can prevent the allergen from affecting you. You can use antihistamines, decongestants, antiallergy eye drops, corticosteroid nasal sprays, mast cell inhibitors, and leukotriene inhibitors.
Don’t take any medication on your own. It is better to take your doctor’s advice before going to take any step to relieve from allergy symptoms.