Key Symptoms You Have Allergy Problems

Depending on your reaction, and the type of allergen, there can a wide range of different possible allergy symptoms to consider. As these symptoms often resemble a cold or other health conditions, they can be easily mistaken for something else, resulting in the likelihood of a repeat of the symptoms whenever the allergen is present again.

Different Types

An allergy is a mistaken reaction by the body to an otherwise normal and non-harmful element in the environment. The body’s immune system mistakes it for a threat and goes on the attack, resulting in the symptoms experienced.

People can have a wide range of different triggers or allergens caused by different types of exposure. For some people the allergen has to be consumed or inhaled while for others it is just a touch on the skin. People can also have reactions to exposure in different forms, and these are often the more serious and potentially life-threatening concerns.

Allergies will fall into one or more of the following categories:

1. Food – food allergies can be very serious and even with just a small amount consumed they can result in anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly reaction. Common food allergies include fish, shellfish, peanuts or nuts, eggs, milk, soy or sulfite, which is an additive in many types of processed meats and foods.

2. Airborne – airborne allergies can also be called seasonal allergies since they tend to occur when there is dust, pollen, molds, or other types of triggers in the air. These typically have to be inhaled to cause a problem, but they can also be problematic if they make contact with the skin. Cat and dog dander, molds and even breathing in or touching dust mites or cockroach parts can be very serious in some people.

3. Contact allergies – when contact with the skin and a particular substance causes a rash like reaction it can be very problematic. The skin can blister and peel, and there is a risk of secondary infections and even damage to the surface of the skin. Common allergy triggers for contact include poison oak or ivy, insect bites and stings, and even things like soaps, perfumes, detergents or other types of body products.

It is also possible to have drug allergy reactions. These can be from prescription medications, over the counter meds or even from supplements and holistic types of treatments.

If you suspect an allergy, or have chronic colds, breathing problems, rashes or any significant and unusual reaction, see your doctor at once to determine the trigger for the allergy and to learn how to manage the condition.

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