Even for the chronic sufferer, an allergic reaction - to pollen, particular allergy causing foods or other irritants - is not always immediately evident. The symptoms can be confused with everything from a bug bite to a common head cold or sinusitis. Still, a preponderance of symptoms should give one a clear idea of what is happening. Here is a quick rundown on what to look for to determine if you are suffering from allergies:
Odd taste in mouth – The human body is highly attuned to its wants and needs. As much as it likes to tell you what and when to eat, it will also quickly inform you if an unwanted substance is introduced. If you encounter an unwanted taste in your mouth, consider the source.
Scratchy throat – This symptom is most pronounced if a food allergen is ingested – with results often within just a few seconds! – but dermal contact with a plant or the inhalation of another allergen can also produce this effect.
Nasal congestion / Watery eyes – Once the allergen is introduced to the body in whatever way, the body's natural defenses try to rid itself of them. Mucus and tears are the first symptoms but nausea and diarrhea can follow within a couple of hours.
Skin rash – More commonly known as “hives,” this skin rash will develop within an hour or two of being exposed to the allergen. Many people think that this condition is only provoked by touching poison ivy or some other irritant. To the contrary, any allergen – whether touched or not – can cause hives.
Obstructed breathing – This symptom manifests itself in a number of ways – most notably with the swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat. Usually the most troubling of allergic reactions, this symptom can even be life threatening.
For further information on recognizing and dealing with an allergic reaction, please contact us at Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates. We can be found online at AllergyArizona.net or reached directly at 602-242-4592.