What Are the Most Common Allergy Symptoms?

In many situations, people do not know they are having an allergic reaction. For others, the instances of it occurring are very clear because the symptoms are significant. If you are having an allergic reaction that is severe, in which you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. If you think you are having an allergic reaction to exposure, get help right away. And, it is important to recognize the symptoms of the condition so that you can take steps to prevent the worsening of them or future exposure. For that, you will need an appointment with an allergist.

What Happens When an Allergic Reaction Occurs?

Every person’s reaction to substances is different. Most people are exposed to numerous chemicals throughout the day and no symptoms or reactions happen. However, for some people, exposure to specific chemicals, foods, or other substances can create a response from the immune system. When this occurs, there are generally some type of outward sign of the reaction, which is the immune systems’ way of fighting it off.

The most common symptoms of a reaction include the following:

  • Hives, which occur when the skin breaks out in small, red spots. They can spread out over the entire body or be localized. They can quickly occur or occur over time.
  • The skin may itch and with or without hives, become red.
  • Nasal congestion can occur. This is called rhinitis and it is most commonly brought on by allergies that occur as a reaction to inhaled exposures.
  • Rashes can develop at the contact point or other places on the body.
  • The eyes can water or itchy.
  • Your throat may hurt or become itchy.

In addition to this, more serious symptoms can occur including pain or a tight feeling in the chest, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, flushing of the face or even vomiting. In the most severe forms, a person’s breathing may become restricted warranting immediate emergency help.

If you think you may have some of these symptoms, your allergist will begin to test you for these types of risks. The goal here is to learn what substances you are most responsive to. And, it is then necessary to take steps to prevent exposure or to reduce it.

Call our offices at 212-319-5282 and schedule a consultation with our allergist in New York City to learn more about the condition you may have and the steps available for treating it.

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