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Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

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Your allergic reaction symptoms usually depend on the type of allergy you are suffering from.  The different types of allergies include pet allergies, seasonal allergies, food allergies and a whole lot more.

Pet Allergies

Dog allergy symptoms include:

Sneezing
Stuffy, itchy, runny nose
Itchy, red eyes
Wheezing and coughing

Cat allergy symptoms:

Sneezing
Stuffy, itchy, runny nose
Skin redness on the body part where the cat has licked, bitten or scratched you
Itchy, red eyes
Rash or hives on the face and chest
Wheezing and coughing

Seasonal Allergies

Spring, summer, fall and winter allergy symptoms

Dark circles under the eyes
Runny nose
Itchy nose and eyes
Coughing
Sneezing
Watery eyes

Food Allergies

Food allergies can include food intolerances. They can be experienced by virtually every person at certain times in their lives.

Milk Allergy – Allergic reactions of milk allergy can include hives, vomiting and wheezing.
Egg Allergy – Symptoms can include hives, allergic rhinitis, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing and anaphylaxis symptoms and signs like lump or swelling in the throat, stomach cramps and pain, rapid pulse and shock
Wheat Allergy – Bronchospasm, allergic rhinitis, eczema, stomach pain and, sometimes, anaphylaxis.
Nut (Peanut) Allergy – Runny nose, wheezing or shortness of breath, throat tightness, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, throat and mouth discomfort, swelling, redness or hives
Fish Allergy – Rash, itching, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, a burning sensation in the mouth and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms
Shellfish Allergy – Tingling in the mouth, fainting, lightheadedness, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, wheezing swelling in the face, throat and tongue, eczema, itching, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.
Sulfite Allergy – Bronchospasm, headache, postnasal drip, rhinitis, sinus and nasal congestion and asthma.
Soy Allergy – Tingling in the mouth, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, breathing difficulties, runny nose, wheezing swelling in the face, throat and tongue, eczema, itching, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.
Casein Allergy –  wheezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, red itchy skin, hives swelling in the face, throat, tongue, mouth and lips and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Other Allergies

Hay Fever – This condition is an immune problem. It is particularly as an allergic reaction to pollen grains and other pollen and certain non-pollen substances. Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis, hay fever has two types: one is seasonal, which means the reaction happens when certain plants start to pollinate and the other is perennial, where reactions can potentially occur all days of the year. Hay fever has symptoms that include:

Runny/blocked nose
Itchy nose
Itchy throat
Watery eyes
Itchiness spreading to the ears, nose and throat
Facial pain due to congested sinuses
Taste and smell loss
Headaches
Sweating
Insomnia
Irritability
Fatigue

Pink eye or Allergic Conjunctivitis – This is caused by STDs, viruses or bacteria and can be contagious. Its symptom includes eyelid swelling, blurred vision, itchy eyes, increased amount of tears and redness in the inner eyelid or in the white of the eye.

Urticaria or hives – Symptoms include sudden appearance of skin welts and patches as well as pale red and swollen bumps that develop because of allergies and other causes.

Allergies to Sumac, oak and Poison Ivy – The oily sap named urushiol from these plants causes an allergic response such as an itchy rash that becomes visible within hours or several days after contact.

Bee and Insect Sting Reactions – Symptoms include itching, warmth at the area of the sting, mild to moderate swelling, pimple-like spots, redness and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Mold Allergy – Mold allergy symptoms can include asthmatic symptoms such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing and other symptoms like watery eyes; throat, nose and eye itchiness; postnasal drip and cough; stuffy or runny nose; and sneezing.

Pollen Allergies – Symptoms include cough, itchy throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes and sneezing

Skin Reactions to the Sun – Symptoms can include hives; blisters; skin bleeding, crusting or scaling; small bumps that may combine into raised patches, pain or itching and redness

Salicylate or Aspirin Allergy – Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing, swelling on the face, tongue or lips, red eyes, runny nose, itchy skin, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Cosmetic Allergy – Cosmetics can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation. Ingredients found in cosmetics like preservatives and fragrances can become allergens that trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms of cosmetics allergy include scaly and itchy skin that turns into patches. They sometimes turn into red rashes that eventually convert into blisters. When coming into contact with harsh substances or when scratched, the blisters can ooze fluids. Other symptoms include itching, redness and swelling in the skin.

Nickel Allergy – Symptoms can include draining fluid, blisters, patches of dry skin, redness or skin discoloration, mild to severe itching and bumps or rash on the skin.

Drug Allergy – A lot of medication do have negative side effects that trigger allergic reactions. When an allergic reaction to drug occurs, the immune system erroneously responds to the medication by developing an immune response to thwart its effects. Some of the symptoms of drug allergy can include shortness of breath, facial swelling, fever, itching, hives and for severe reactions anaphylaxis symptoms.

Dust Allergy – This type of allergy has symptoms that include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing and other symptoms such as allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, watery itchy eyes, stuffy or runny nose runny or stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes.

Chemical Allergy – Certain individuals using detergents, cosmetics or shampoos that contain chemicals that can trigger allergic dermatological reactions can show symptoms like cracked, leathery and darkened skin, sun sensitivity, hives, swelling in the genital region, face and eyes, intense skin itching or burning, oozing blisters, scaly patches and red skin.

Penicillin Allergy – This is an allergic reaction that happens when the immune system abnormally responds to the effects of penicillin antibiotics. Symptoms of this type of allergy can include angiodema or swelling of the face, tongue or lips, wheezing, itchy skin, rash, hives and symptoms of anaphylactic reactions.

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December 25th, 2013 at 3:54 am

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Allergic Reaction Treatments and Drugs

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There may be no real cure for allergic reactions but, nevertheless, a vast array of medicines both over-the-counter and prescription, are available to address irritating and uncomfortable symptoms such as congestion, headache and runny nose. Some of the most popular of these medicines are corticosteroids, combination medications, antihistamines and decongestants among many others. Other treatment procedures for allergic reactions can include allergy shots that boost the body’s ability to fight the allergens.

Mass Cells Inhibitor – The primary role of a mass cells inhibitor drug is to block the release of histamine and other chemicals that can cause allergic reactions from mast cells when a person is exposed to allergens like pollen. When utilized, frequent dosing is necessary since the effects of this drug does not last long (lasting only around 8 hours). This type of drug is available in nasal spray form or in eye drops to ward off runny nose and treat itchy eyes respectively.

Leukotriene Inhibitors – These drugs are designed to hinder substances/allergens from causing inflammation and swelling in the person.

Anti-allergy Eye Drops – Anti-allergy/antihistamine eye drops are designed to address symptoms like watery or itchy eyes. Some anti-allergy drops are reinforced with other anti-inflammatory agents to further relieve irritation and puffiness. Nonprescription eye drops are also available that give substantial relief to hay fever and allergies. These drops need to be used with care since they can cause temporary stinging when used. You may need to talk with your doctor if the irritation does not improve. Also people using soft-contact lenses need to wait for about 10 minutes after they have applied the eye drops before wearing their contact lenses.

Steroid Nasal Sprays – Steroid nasal sprays are useful in reducing inflammation inside the nasal passages thus lessening the other symptoms of nasal allergies. Sometimes, however, certain steroid nasal sprays can cause sore throat or nose bleeding.

Anticholinergic Nasal Allergy Spray – This type of spray is used in the nostrils to help minimize secretions from the glands that are blocking the nasal passage helping lesson runny nose symptoms in the process. This spray is contraindicated for individuals who are allergic to any ingredients used in this spray. This spray is applied about twice or thrice a day.  It can cause few side effects and does not negatively react or interfere with other drugs.

Decongestants – Decongestants helps remove nasal congestion. They also cause blood vessels to constrict leading to reduced blood circulation into the nasal passage. These drugs should obviously not be given to individuals who are allergic to chemical ingredients in these drugs.

Antihistamine – These medicines are offered in liquid, chewable tablet, capsule and tablet forms. The dosage that should be taken for antihistamine medication depends on the type of preparation that is given and the individual’s characteristics. As antihistamines can make a person drowsy, so therefore, you should not perform any activity that needs mental concentration when you take these types of drugs.

Natural Allergy Relief – These include herbal supplements that give relief to allergic reactions. Tonic derived from goldenseal herb and freeze-dried nettles are very helpful forms of these remedies.  One can also use saline nasal spray that helps wash away pollen and rid of excess mucus. Some doctors also recommend taking some nutrients that can relieve seasonal allergic reactions. These can include a flavonoid known as quercetin and grape seed extract.

Allergy Shots – Also called by its lesser known name, immunotherapy allergy shots are given to individuals suffering from allergies so as to enhance their tolerance to allergens. They are usually given to those who have been suffering from serious allergies or for people who have been experiencing allergic reactions for more than 3 months in one year.  It is important to note that these shots never are designed to cure allergies; they instead only reduce the person’s sensitivity to some of his allergens. Allergy shots should be given on a regular basis and during the course of time the doses need to be increased as well. If you experience tightness of the throat or shortness of breath after being given an allergy shot, you need then to see your doctor.

Ridding of Allergens By Yourself – One of the best ways to prevent allergic reactions is to identify the substances that cause the attacks. A person with asthma who is allergic to dust, for example, needs to rid his home and surroundings from the elements. If strong perfumes give you allergic reactions you then need to remove these perfumes in your home. This way is quite commonsensical, inexpensive and the most effective for individuals suffering from allergy and they need to give it a try.

Allergy Fighting Foods – Certain studies have shown that consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids substantially reduces symptoms of allergy to individuals who do not usually eat foods that are high omega 3.  Omega-3 fatty acids is very good in treating inflammation, you can find high amounts of these types of fatty acids in eggs, animals that have been grass-fed, walnuts, flaxseed oil and cold-water fish.

Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) states that allergies are caused by weakness of the righteous (zhen qi) and protective energy of the body (wei qi) and a combination of a collection of internal damp in the body brought about by digestive weakness and/or poor diet choices. Lifestyle and congenital factors are also responsible for these weaknesses. These weaknesses indicate deficiencies in body systems such as the kidneys, spleen, liver, and/or lung. Allergy treatment is unique per person because the precise patterns of disharmony that cause a specific allergy are different for each individual. Proper diagnosis of allergy is the basis for getting the most effective TCM treatment and acupuncture. Individualized treatments that consider the patient’s unique constitution are important to gain the best results. Certain Chinese herbs, acupuncture and a comprehensive diagnosis are used to strengthen the organ systems and return the patient to normal and good health.

 

Davis Acupuncture Clinic
2043 Anderson Rd
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 400-1239
http://www.davisacupuncturist.com/

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October 27th, 2013 at 3:43 am

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