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Awful Allergies! What is an Allergy? 5 Types of Allergies

Awful Allergies

Unfortunately, many of us suffer from different types of awful allergies. But what are the most common allergies? What are the symptoms of awful allergies? Are the allergies because of a weak immune system?

Continue reading to find an answer to these questions!

Firstly, let’s know that what is an allergy? It is simply a reaction of our body to some foreign substances that “seems harmful”. But many of these substances are harmless, and most people use them in their everyday life without any problems.

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system sees a certain substance, such as foods, pollen, pet, medications, latex or bee venom as harmful.

As it is known, one of the main roles of the immune system is to destroy harmful substances in the body. So it reacts by causing an allergic reaction. If someone has an allergy to a certain substance, then their immune system will react as though it is harmful and as a result of that, will try to destroy this substance. This reaction can lead to some symptoms such as itchy, watering eyes, runny or blocked nose, etc.

In other words, the allergic reaction occurs when a person’s immune system becomes hypersensitive to some foreign substances.

And a substance causing this allergic reaction is called an allergen. Many of these allergens are everyday substances that are usually safe to most people.

There are many types of allergies. Some allergies are seasonal, while others are year-round. But some allergies may be even life-long.

It is important to create a plan to manage your allergy. The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is of course, avoiding your allergens. Here is some types of awful allergies:

Food Allergy

awful allergies

There are different known types of allergic reactions to food. Main foods that cause allergic reactions to some people are milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish (crustaceans). And food allergy causes:

  • vomiting
  • a swollen tongue
  • tingling in the mouth
  • swelling of the lips, face, and throat
  • stomach cramps
  • breath shortness
  • rectal bleeding, mainly in children
  • itchiness in the mouth
  • diarrhea

Pet Allergy

It is obvious that allergies to pets with fur are common among people, especially who have some other allergies or asthma. And unfortunately, hypoallergenic breed of dog or cat does not exist. Do not forget that pet hair is not an allergen. But it can collect dander, urine and saliva that can cause an allergic reaction of your body. It also can carry other allergens like pollen and dust.

Reactions include swelling and itching of the membranes that line the eyes and nose, stuffy nose and inflamed eyes, if  cat and dog allergens land on them. A pet lick or scratch can cause the skin area to become red. It is common to get itchy eyes when touching your eyes after petting an animal.

Drug Allergy

Generally, the allergies to medicines occur in only a small number of people. Most drug reactions are side effects of the properties of the medicine, not allergic. And usually, a diagnosis of the cause of the drug reaction is based upon the patient’s history and symptoms. Sometimes for drug allergy, skin testing is also done. Among symptoms, hives are usually present. But, the symptoms also may include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Throat and mouth swelling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping abdominal pain
  • Fall in blood pressure
  • Fainting  

Insect Allergy

The most common stinging insects that cause an allergic reaction are bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants.

Not only stinging insects, but also non-stinging insects can also cause allergic reactions. The most common are the insect-like dust mite, and cockroaches. And note that allergies to these two insects may be the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma. Some symptoms include:

  • Skin rashes, itching or hives
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
  • Breath shortness, trouble breathing or wheezing (whistling sound during breathing)
  • Dizziness and/or fainting
  • Stomach pain, vomiting, bloating or diarrhea
  • Feeling like something awful will happen

Pollen Allergy

Most of the pollens causing allergic reactions come from grasses, trees and weeds. These plants make small and dry pollen grains which travel by the wind, and cause some allergic reactions. Also note that grasses are the most common cause of allergies. Symptoms of pollen allergy include:

  • Runny nose and mucus production
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, eyes, ears and mouth
  • Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Swelling around the eyes

What are the symptoms of awful allergies?

Generally, the most common symptoms of awful allergies include:

  • an itchy, blocked or runny nose, and sneezing
  • conjunctivitis – itchy, red, watering eyes
  • wheezing, chest tightness, breath shortness and a cough
  • hives – a raised, itchy, red rash
  • swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • tummy pain, feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhea
  • dry, red and cracked skin

Are the allergies because of a weak immune system?

Don’t forget that allergies are not because of a weak immune system! It is just you body’s reaction to some substances, and it doesn’t mean that your immune system is weak.

If it was helpful, share your thoughts on comments below. Do you suffer from any type of allergies?

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Ramila Abdurahmanova

Ramila Abdurahmanova is a writer and freelance author in the BeautyFan. You can see her work at our website- thebeautyfan.com

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