The human body is exposed to so many things on a daily basis that avoiding all the foreign bodies or matter that we react to negatively; whether known or unknown, is impossible. For this reason, allergic reactions are very common. Despite this however, many fail to recognize allergy symptoms when they present themselves because they often resemble other illnesses. Also some illness; especially colds, can be misinterpreted for allergy symptoms. This common mix up can often lead to the prolonging of symptoms whether allergies or not.
Allergens range from dust to pets, food, flowers, fabrics and elements of nature (like the sun) to name only a few. Some allergies are rare while many, especially allergies to pets, dust and flowers are frequent.
Signs and Symptoms of Allergy
The most commons signs of allergic reactions include runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and other cold-like symptoms, itching with or without any visible irritation on the skin. Swelling in various places of the body, snoring or heavy mouth breathing, a constant need to clear the throat, frequent headaches and pressure in the face (around the sinus region).
Allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and other cold-like symptoms remain the most misinterpreted in the home because of their close resemblance to those caused by the cold or flu. While snoring or heavy mouth breathing, a constant need to clear the throat or scratching are often viewed as bad habits as opposed to signs of a negative reaction to something the body came in contact with.
For the eyes: redness, watering, swelling, itching, and dark circles are the most common allergy symptoms experienced. Some of these are: redness, watering, swelling and itching, also indicate irritation through contact with harmful substances and serve as an example of how allergy symptoms can be overlooked for other causes.
When skin comes in contact with allergens common symptoms include rashes, dry patches, redness, itching and hives. Hives are itchy patches of skin that are raised, redden and have the tendency turn white or blanch when touched. The sizes and locations will change or vary with hives frequenting areas like the genitals, hands, lips, feet, eyes and face.
Learning to identify allergy symptoms is important especially when overseeing children. A parent or guardian’s inability to tell the difference between an allergic reaction and the common cold can worsen or prolong the discomfort of a child. While some of the symptoms experienced can cause distress for both adults and children since a child’s reaction to his or her symptoms can be viewed as a display of poor manners; scratching areas of the body that show no visible proof of irritation being one example of how this can occur.
This aside, some allergy symptoms worsen over time and symptoms that start mild and worsen often indicate the progression of the body’s reaction to the allergen. If the allergen is new or unknown, spotting an allergic reaction from the onset is often very important since the extent of the allergy is obviously unknown.