Allergy Symptoms

What are some Common Initial Allergy Symptoms?

An allergic reaction can occur as a result of a food being ingested, a reaction to high pollen counts in the air during spring and summer seasons, or from using a product such as skin care, makeup, soaps and shampoos on parts of your body.

Airborne Allergies

Skin Health Hub Food Allergies Allergy SymptomsThere are over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines or herbal remedies can be taken to relieve symptoms for those suffering from airborne allergies. Symptoms generally appear on the skin in the form of hives, redness, swelling and atopic dermatitis which is an intense itching with a red, raised rash. These reactions are very common among children. For the respiratory system, the most common signs of an allergic reaction are wheezing, itchy, stuffy, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing.

Food Allergies

In the case of food allergies however, the only way to treat the symptoms is by avoiding the food substance altogether.

The severity of the symptoms varies from one person to another. Some people have a mild allergic reaction toward certain foods and may not be aware of it until a few days have passed. For others, symptoms can manifest within minutes of eating a food and the allergic reaction can be serious. The most severe reaction for food allergies can cause the body to go into shock. This is called anaphylaxis.

The symptoms can affect the digestive system, skin and respiratory system. For the digestive system, a person who is having an allergic reaction may experience itching in the mouth and throat and can occur as soon as contact with the allergen has taken place. Stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea and rectal bleeding can also occur (although this is very rare).

The most common initial symptoms of an allergy are:

  • itchy eyes
  • nausea
  • hives
  • itchy skin or which may look like a rash
  • a tingling feeling on the lips or tongue

As mentioned above, a severe allergic reaction can quickly progress into an anaphylactic seizure. If this occurs immediate medical assistance is required. These symptoms present as:

  • pale skin
  • tightness in the throat
  • difficulty breathing
  • feeling of a lump in the throat
  • wheezing or coughing
  • swollen tongue
  • feeling of a blocked passageway
  • choking
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • weak pulse

Immediate medical attention including an injection of epinephrine is required. Failure to reduce the symptoms can result to unconsciousness or even death.

If you are looking for something to relieve your allergy symptoms or eliminate your allergies altogether, read our article on Remedies For Allergies the information provided may just provide you with some much needed relief.

If you are at all concerned about the symptoms you are experiencing make an appointment with your doctor, allergist or immunologist today and avoid another attack.

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