Allergy symptoms can vary depending on the person and the allergen. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Itchy skin
- Swollen lips, tongue, or face
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty breathing
In severe cases, allergies can trigger a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat. If you think you are having an anaphylactic reaction, call 911 immediately.
Allergy symptoms can also vary depending on the type of allergy. For example, people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) often experience sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. People with food allergies may experience hives, itching, swelling, and abdominal pain after eating the food they are allergic to. People with insect sting allergies may experience swelling, redness, and pain at the site of the sting.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and learn about your treatment options.
Here are some tips for managing allergy symptoms:
- Identify your allergens and avoid them as much as possible.
- Take over-the-counter or prescription medications as recommended by your doctor.
- Carry an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen) with you at all times in case of an anaphylactic reaction.
If you have any questions or concerns about allergy symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor.