Signs and Symptoms Of Different Allergies

Hay Fever
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a very common type of allergy that can sometimes be worse during certain times of the year. It is caused by exposure to irritants you are allergic to like dust, animal hair, mould, or pollen. While harmless to others, your immune system identifies these substances as harmful and releases antibodies to fight it, creating an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of hay fever are cold-like: congestion, sneezing, itching, and a runny nose. You might also experience watery, itchy eyes, coughing, and sleep disturbances or fatigue.

Food Allergies
When you ingest certain foods you are allergic to, your immune system reacts by attacking it. Symptoms of a food allergy include: swelling of the face or mouth, swelling of the tongue, a raised itchy rash known as hives, and an itchy mouth, nose or ears.

Most allergic reactions to foods are mild, but sometimes it can be much more serious. A severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, will require immediate treatment to prevent it from becoming fatal.  

Atopic Dermatitis
Also called atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis is the most prevalent inflammatory skin disease worldwide. It usually starts in childhood but can occur at any age and is a chronic condition with periodic flare ups. Atopic dermatitis causes the skin to become itchy, rashy, and dry and is often accompanied by hay fever.

Prevention and Treatment
Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely avoid many hay fever triggers like pollen so try to limit your outdoor exposure during the times of year it is worse. Indoors, clean frequently to avoid any dust or dust mites building up and ensure proper ventilation throughout your house to stop mould from developing. You can also take medications to help with any troublesome symptoms.

To prevent an allergic reaction to food, it is best to avoid anything containing the allergen. It’s not always possible to be vigilant, such as when eating out or eating food someone else has prepared, so you should carry medication with you in case you have a reaction.

For atopic dermatitis, avoid harsh soaps and cosmetics and moisturise your skin regularly with a mild cream. You can also apply medicated ointments to soothe any outbreaks.

Allergy Medication like Rhinocort Nasal Spray and Epipen Auto-Injectors can be bought online in the UK from Pharmacy Planet. To be prepared for an allergic reaction, visit