We here at Revive Medical Center see a lot of patients suffering from allergies, especially in the spring and fall. Summer is here but this does not mean total relief. Some people suffer from allergies throughout the year while other allergies are not environmentally-related. Let’s talk about the different allergy types and what their symptoms are so you can determine if you suffer from allergies.
Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis and it’s miserable for those who suffer from it. Dander, dust, and pollen can cause hay fever symptoms, which include itchy eyes, itchy nose, runny nose, sneezing, and watering eyes. If the eyes are red and swollen, this is known as conjunctivitis.
Food allergies are caused by food, naturally, and people can be allergic to dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, soy, or fish. People can be allergic to just about any food, but these are the most common allergies. Symptoms include anaphylaxis; hives; swelling in the face, lips, throat, or tongue; and mouth tingling.
The most common of insect allergies is a reaction to bee stings, however, some people are also allergic to bed bug bites, flea bites, and mosquitoes. Unless the allergy is severe, which can cause anaphylaxis and death, allergy symptoms of a bite or sting include hives, itching, and swelling at the sting/bite site.
People can be allergic to OTC medication, prescription medication, or both. One of the most common allergies is penicillin. Those with the allergy must avoid the antibiotic. If you’re allergic to a medication, you might experience anaphylaxis, facial swelling, hives, itchy skin, a rash, and wheezing.
A skin allergy is called atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) and a number of things can cause eczema including a compromised immune system. Atopic dermatitis symptoms include itchy, red, and flaky and/or peeling skin, which can be very uncomfortable for the sufferer.
You’ve seen it listed above and anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be deadly. Any of the above allergies can trigger an anaphylactic reaction. The reaction itself can include severe wheezing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, a weak pulse, and vomiting.
Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is in anaphylaxis. Otherwise, call Revive Medical Center to set up an appointment with one of our Lawrenceville, GA, allergy specialists. We will determine exactly what it is you are allergic to and prescribe the appropriate treatment plan.