Getting confused with what symptoms of allergies are affecting you?
Here is a list of symptoms of allergies and how they affect you and in what areas of your body they affect.
The usual symptoms of allergies occur from airborne allergens, food allergens, pet allergens and from medications.
The symptoms of allergies due to pet may be very mild or quite severe.
Symptoms may appear immediately after the exposure to allergen or gradually for 8-10 hours after the exposure.
Most of the symptoms of allergies are due to the exposure to airborne allergens such as dust, dust mites, mold spores, mildew, and pollen.
Symptoms of allergies:
Anaphylaxis: It is also known as anaphylactic shock and is the result of your body’s overreaction to foreign substance. In the initial state the symptoms of allergies are mild, such as runny nose, rashes on your skin, or a strange feeling.
After that the symptoms become more serious, including difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and other parts of your body, sudden drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness.
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, tightness of the throat, hoarse voice and cardiac effects are also the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Allergic rhinitis: It is also called as hay fever. This is an allergic reaction results from grass and tree pollen. This condition resulting from pollen is called as seasonal allergic rhinitis (Preventing Seasonal Allergies).
Some other allergens such as dust, molds, pet dander can also cause year round allergies. This condition is called as perennial allergic rhinitis (Get Rid of Perennial Allergies) .
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include sneezing, runny nose, postnatal drip, watery, itchy eyes, itchy ears, nose and throat, stuffy nose, poor sleep, loss of energy, and discomfort or pain on your face.
Hives: It is also called as utricaria. Reddish, itchy, raised or whitish welts of varying size appear on your skin which can be surrounded by a red rash. Swelling below the surface of the skin causes burning.
They appear often around the eyes and lips, less frequently on the hands and feet, and rarely inside the throat and on mucus membrane. These symptoms of allergies can indicate an allergy reaction called as angioedema.
Certain types of foods such as milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish can cause hives. Some antibiotics can also cause hives. Physical factors such as stress, trauma, pressure, fiction and vibration may also cause utricaria. (More info on Hives)
Allergic reaction to drugs: some of the medications can cause allergic reactions than others. Among them penicillin and antibiotics are the most common ones. Penicillin can also cause other types of immune reactions.
The most common types of allergic reactions to drugs include anaphylaxis, itchy skin, hives, swelling of the skin and wheezing.
Eye allergies: When your body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something that is harmful an allergic reaction occurs.
The allergens can cause mast cell to release histamines and some other chemicals that cause blood vessels in the eye to swell. Hence your eyes become itchy, red and watery. (Managing Eye Allergies)
Headaches: Sinus headaches or facial pain, migraines and cluster headaches are the most common allergic diseases and affecting most of the Americans. (Sinus Allergy Treatment)
To avoid the above symptoms of allergies you need to eliminate your contact with allergens that cause your condition. You can also use medications to treat symptoms of allergies when it is too difficult to avoid the allergen.