Symptoms of an allergic reaction depend on the body part involved and the severity of the reaction. Some reactions affect many areas, others affect just one area. Reactions to the same allergen vary by individual.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include any, some, or many of the following:
Here's a wild guess: When an allergy attack hits and leaves you sneezing and
itching, with teary eyes and a nose that is runny and stuffed, you probably
aren't much in the mood for romance.
It may sound obvious that drippy noses don't bring out the sex kitten in
people. But for the first time, a study has looked at the impact allergies have on our sex lives and found that many
people with chronic allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, often put the kibosh
on sex when symptoms are flaring.
Skin -- Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts)
Lungs -- Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
Head -- Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headache
Nose -- Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
Eyes -- Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery
Stomach -- Pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea
Anaphylaxis is the term for any combination of allergy symptoms that is rapid, or sudden, and potentially life threatening. Call an ambulance immediately if you suspect anaphylaxis.
One sign of anaphylaxis is shock. Shock has a very specific meaning in medicine: the organs of the body are not getting enough blood because of dangerously low blood pressure. This drop in blood pressure happens when the large blood vessels suddenly expand. If the drop in blood pressure is sudden and drastic, it can lead to unconsciousness, even cardiac arrest and death.
The person in shock may be pale or red, sweaty or dry, confused, anxious, or unconscious.
Breathing may be difficult or noisy, or the person may be unable to breathe.