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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:

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

Cat allergy symptoms:

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
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

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.

Written by Valerie

December 25th, 2013 at 3:54 am

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