Allergy symptoms can range from mild—like sneezing and watery eyes—to severe – like anaphylaxis, a rare but serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. Listed below are common allergy symptoms.
Allergies exist in many different forms, but the majority fall into below categories
Year-round allergies, also called perennial allergies or indoor allergies, are a result of coming into contact with something that you’re allergic to, regardless of the season.
If you’re always sniffling and sneezing, you may think of your home as your place to escape and recuperate from what seems like an endless cold. But some things hidden in your home may actually be the cause of your symptoms.
It happens at the same time every year, without fail—you get cold-like symptoms. But maybe it’s not a cold—maybe it’s a seasonal allergy. A seasonal allergy is a result of coming into contact with something that you’re allergic to that’s only around during a specific time of the year. A common example is pollen season.
Seasonal allergies are sometimes called seasonal allergic rhinitis or more commonly known, hay fever (although they have nothing to do with hay or fevers). They are also sometimes called outdoor, fall, or spring allergies.
Your symptoms can change from day to day, depending on the weather. High humidity can make mold grow quickly, while pollen counts surge when it’s warm and windy.
Food allergies, like all allergies, are the body’s immune system reacting to something that is normally harmless to most people–like the proteins in milk or in eggs. Coming in contact with one of these foods isn’t a problem for some, but if you have an allergy, eating these could potentially become a life or death situation.
You may think that only pollen causes your symptoms, but other allergic triggers may be involved, too. In fact, 80% of people with allergies are allergic to more than one thing. Everyone has their own unique combination of allergic triggers and not all of them are obvious.
You may experience mild reactions to several things, but they are so small that you do not notice them on their own. However, when you encounter multiple things you are allergic to at the same time, all of those small reactions can add up to the point where you start having symptoms.
Determining if you have allergies and identifying your allergic triggers can help you stay below the point-your symptom threshold-where you start sniffling and sneezing.