10 Common Symptoms of Allergies
Do you suffer from allergies – either seasonal or all year long? You have allergy when your immune system reacts negatively to something, including specific foods (peanuts, shellfish, etc.) and environmental factors (pollen, dust, mold, etc.).
If you encounter something that triggers a reaction, your body releases histamine, which causes the following symptoms related to allergies.
Symptom 1: Itchy Eyes
Are you crying? No, you just have allergies. Do you suffer from itchy, red, and/or watery eyes? Are your eyelids swollen?
Be careful to not cause further problems by scratching or rubbing your eyes. Eye allergies may lead to Pink Eye (also known as conjunctivitis) and other infections.
Symptom 2: Hives/Rash
Do you love dogs, but every time you hold your friend’s Chihuahua, you get a rash or hives on your hands and arms? You are probably allergic to animals.
Hives or a rash is a patch of raised, red bumps that suddenly appear. They may burn, sting, or itch.
Symptom 3: Runny Nose
Do you sneeze a lot or have a runny nose? Does your nose itch? Or is it stuffy?
Nose sprays and other medications may help reduce or control these symptoms. Otherwise, avoid what triggers these symptoms as much as possible.
Symptom 4: Swollen Face
Do you have swollen lips, neck, eyes, or tongue? Is your entire face swollen? You may be having an allergic reaction.
If the reaction is severe, seek medical care as soon as possible.
Symptom 5: Shortness of Breath
Allergies can cause you to have shortness of breath or a hard time being able to take a full breath. You may wheeze or have labored or shallow breathing.
Your doctor may give you an inhaler to help with sudden breathing issues related to allergies or put you on a steroid inhaler that you use 1 to times each day to control your reaction and prevent occurrences.
Symptom 6: Headache
You may get a headache due to the pressure and congestion created by allergies.
To get rid of the headache, try placing a warm, wet towel over your face; drink fluids to stay hydrated; and use prescribed or over-the-counter nasal spray.
Symptom 7: Nausea
With all the symptoms that come with allergies, you may feel nauseated, depending on what you are allergic to and what medications you take to treat it.
Post-nasal drip alone, that comes with a stuffy or runny nose due to allergies, could make you feel nauseated. If your doctor prescribes allergy medications that make you feel nauseated, ask them about other options.
Symptom 8: Diarrhea
Allergies are known to cause diarrhea, stomach pain, and vomiting. Often, if you eat foods that you are allergic to, you will experience diarrhea.
Also, medications you use to help with your allergies may cause diarrhea. If they do, contact your doctor to see if other medications are available.
Symptom 9: Shock
With allergies, your body releases various chemicals into your body that can lead to you going into shock.
You may be in shock if you have a low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, pale skin, or confusion.
Symptom 10: Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is the most severe and life-threating allergic reaction. It usually occurs just seconds or minutes after you have contact with an allergen.
Anaphylaxis combines several allergy symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea, and shock. You need to seek treatment immediately, which usually involves epinephrine. If you do not, then you are at risk of becoming unconscious or dying.