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One high chance a person with allergies can experience is an allergy complication. Allergy complications can vary from light annoyances to extremely dangerous and deadly situations.  Knowing your allergic reaction symptoms is one important approach towards treatment.

Mild Allergy Complications

A large number of allergy sufferers will show symptoms that are light to moderate. Pollen or pet dander and such types of allergens can be very uncomfortable but the allergic reactions they cause are not life threatening most of the time.  The inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) and irritation of the nasal passage (rhinitis) are two of the most common allergy complications experienced by a lot of people today.

Allergic rhinitis can develop all year round (perennial rhinitis) or it can be caused by seasonal allergies according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Sufferers of seasonal allergy can blame factors like mold and pollen for their problem. Perennial rhinitis sufferers, on the other hand, have this kind of problem due to indoor allergies. Allergic factors that reside indoors can include dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander and indoor mold.

Some of the allergic rhinitis symptoms are watery eyes, congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms one can experience from allergic rhinitis can include itchy ears, eyes, throat, roof of the mouth and nose among others.

One of the most common causes of acute sinusitis is the common cold. Cold and acute sinusitis symptoms usually are experienced during winter time. People without any allergies are less likely to develop acute sinusitis than those with an allergy.

The symptoms of sinusitis may be among others pressure in the face, postnasal drip, gray or green nasal discharge and congestion. Coughing that seems not to go away, fever and headache can likewise be signs of sinusitis.

For those with light allergy complications, treatment can include prescription or over-the-counter drugs and in certain cases allergy shots (immunotherapy). A person exhibiting allergic reaction symptoms but still has no diagnosis for allergy should avail of allergy testing to ascertain the reason for his symptoms.


Hives or urticaria are itchy red and raised welts that develop from allergic reaction to medicine or food and also from an insect bite or sting. This allergic reaction causes a person to break out in hives when he is exposed or comes into contact with allergens causing his body to release histamine. One complication that can arise from hives is a condition called angioedema according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Angioedema is a health issue wherein skin swelling emanates from the skin’s deeper layers. The swelling can result in deformities although the worst thing about this condition is that when the swelling is in the throat, a deadly problem called anaphylaxis can happen.  This possibility should cause patients with hives to avail of medical help immediately. Another very important thing to note is that when a person experiences signs of anaphylaxis, he needs to contact 911 or immediately go to the emergency room.

Proper care should be done if you suffered from an allergy reaction caused by a food, drug or other factors in order to avoid encountering these factors in the future. If you come in for treatment for allergic reaction complications such as hives, you need to let your doctor know of your past experiences with hives to ascertain that you will never be exposed to these allergens ever again. This is particularly important for medication allergies.

Occurring but in rare occasions are hives complications due to exposure to allergens such as chemical irritants, mold spores, dust mites and pet. One of the best treatments for these kinds of breakouts is antihistamine drugs.


Asthma and allergies often go together. In fact, in the United States, one of the most common forms of asthma is allergy asthma. This is due to the fact that individuals experiencing this allergy complication produce antibodies that worsen the light allergy symptoms and can cause inflammation in the airways. Allergy asthma can be a dangerous form of asthma and patients asthma caused by allergic reaction need to bring along an albuterol inhaler everywhere in case their asthma acts up.

Treatment options oriented towards preventing allergy asthma symptoms include allergy shots (immunotherapy) and inhaled corticosteroids like triamcinolone.  Minimizing contact to allergens and addressing allergy symptoms when they develop can greatly lessen asthmatic reactions.


One very serious and potentially lethal allergic reaction complication is anaphylaxis. This condition often happens in an allergic reaction to allergens such as latex, drugs, insect bites or stings or food. Immediate emergency attention is needed to prevent the occurrence of death.

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Written by Valerie

November 3rd, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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