Allergens can enter your body in many ways, and as a result, make you very uncomfortable. You can inhale them into your nose and your lungs. Or you might ingest them by mouth—for instance, food and medicines. Needles and insect stings and bites can inject allergens. Your skin can absorb allergens, like the oils of poison ivy, sumac, and oak. You can react to latex, metals, and ingredients in cosmetics or household products. After testing, allergy treatment will always take into account the symptoms you show. For instance, if you always react to a substance, you may be allergic to it.
Do you have any of these allergy symptoms (The Asthma and Allergy Foundation)?:
- Itchy, watery eyes, Itchy nose, Sneezing, or Runny nose
- Rashes or Hives (a rash with raised red patches)
- Stomach cramps, Vomiting, or Diarrhea
- Bloating or Swelling
- Redness and Pain
- Tongue swelling, Cough, Throat closing, or Wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
- Chest tightness and losing your breath
- Feeling faint, light-headed, or “blacking out”
- A sense of “impending doom”
Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. The leading cause of anaphylaxis allergies in adults is medicines. In contrast, foods are the leading cause in children. The most common food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, soy, and wheat. Other causes of anaphylaxis are insect stings and bites, latex, and vigorous physical activity combined with temperature, seasonal changes, drugs, alcohol, or eating certain foods before exercise.
Anaphylaxis must be treated right away to prevent serious, potentially life-threatening complications.
Before your allergy can be treated, the doctor will test to determine what you are allergic to. She will take a personal and medical history, give you a physical exam, and test you to determine your allergens. Unfortunately, no one test alone can diagnose an allergy, but tests can rule out substances as allergens.
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