Allergy problems and their treatments

Although sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes are considered the hallmarks of allergies, symptoms vary and can be unique to the individual sufferer.  One may experience asthma, headaches, sore throat, eczema, hives and even gastrointestinal (GI) issues.

Symptoms of allergies are often classified as mild, moderate or severe and can be triggered by a multitude of causes including airborne allergens, certain foods, insect bites and irritants such as cigarette smoke and pet dander.

Mild Allergy Symptoms:  These are generally limited to one part of the body

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal/Chest Congestion
  • Itchy, Watery Eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Chronic Post Nasal Drip
  • Eczema
  • Rash
  • Hay Fever

Moderate Allergy Symptoms: These may occur in various parts of the body

  • Hives
  • Wheezing or Difficulty Breathing
  • Chronic Coughing or Throat Clearing
  • Generalized Itching

Severe Allergy Symptoms: These can be sudden and unpredictable

Known as anaphylaxis, a condition in which one’s body reacts to an allergen with a systemic response (affecting multiple organs).  Symptoms may be mild at first, with sudden itching of the eyes or face, but soon progress to a serious life-threatening emergency.  Severe allergy symptoms may include but are not limited to:

  • Severe Asthma Symptoms
  • Inflammation and Swelling of the Throat and Airway Resulting in Difficulty Breathing
  • Swelling of the Lips, Tongue, Eyelids and Face
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hypotension