Understanding Allergies -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Allergies?
The symptoms of allergies include:
- Sneezing, nasal congestion, and coughing may indicate a drug or respiratory allergy.
- Wheezing could be a sign of asthma.
- Itchy eyes, mouth, and throat are frequently symptoms of hay fever.
- Stomachache, frequent indigestion, and heartburn may be signs of food sensitivity.
- Irritated, itchy, reddening, or swelling skin is associated with drug, food, and insect sting allergies.
- Stiffness, pain, and swelling of joints, may rarely be caused by food or drug allergies.
Call Your Doctor About Allergies if:
- You have violent stomach cramps, vomiting, bloating, or diarrhea; this could point to a serious food or other allergic reaction or food poisoning.
- Swallowing or breathing becomes difficult or painful; you may be experiencing an asthma episode, anaphylaxis, or a heart attack. Get immediate emergency medical treatment.
- You suddenly develop skin welts, accompanied by intense flushing and itching; your heart may also be beating rapidly. These symptoms may indicate the onset of anaphylactic shock, an extremely serious allergic reaction. Get immediate emergency medical treatment.