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An allergy is basically defined as the immune system’s misguided reaction to foreign substances. This is the body system’s defense against foreign invaders or pathogens. Substances that trigger allergies are called allergens. Examples of allergens include pollens, dust mite, danders, certain kinds of food and molds. The most common allergic conditions include hay fever or allergic rhinitis, asthma, allergic conjunctivitis or allergic eyes, hives or urticaria, allergic eczema, and allergic shock. Listed below are the allergy symptoms of these common types of allergies.

Hay Fever - this is a common allergy that is caused by pollens, dust mites or molds. The allergy symptoms include constant runny nose, stuffy nose, always sneezing, there is nasal itching or rubbing, experience of itchy ears and throat and there is post nasal drip or that which is referred to as throat clearing.

Asthma - a breathing problem that is an effect of inflammation and spasm of the air passages in the lungs. Asthma is not at all times treated as an allergy though; there are times when asthma becomes a serious lung problem. Common symptoms include frequent shortness of breath, occurrence of wheezing and coughing, and experiences of chest tightness.

Allergic Eyes - this is when the tissue layers that cover the surface of the eyeball and the undersurface of the eyelids inflames. Symptoms include redness of the entire eye area, swelling of the membranes and occurrence of watery and itchy eyes.

Hives - this appears as itchy swellings that occur on any part of the body. This is the skin’s reaction to food or medication. Typical symptoms include intense itching in the swelling area and raised red welts.

Allergic Eczema - it features the following allergy symptoms: itching, redness and or dryness of the skin; especially for children, face rashes occur; for adults, rashes around the eyes, elbow creases and behind the knees appear.

Allergic shock - this is a life-threatening reaction that can really affect numerous body organs all at the same time. This occurs when an allergen is eaten or injected. Significant allergy symptoms that happen is the discoloration of the skin; occurrence of nasal congestion; horrible swelling of the throat; constant stomach pain, nausea then vomiting; wheezing or shortness of breath; low blood pressure or shock.

For each type of allergy, there are allergy symptoms that help you identify which type of allergy it is. It is best if you are aware of these symptoms so that you will know what to do and how to prevent it.

One Response to “Common Allergies and Allergy Symptoms”

  1. My Mum has asthma and it is something that she has a hard time dealing with. It can turn a simple cold into pneumonia! Allergies are definitely something to take seriously.

    Posted by: Naomi West on on March 18th, 2009 at 8:38 am.