Tell Tale Signs Of Allergies

Signs Of Allergies In Katy TX

A bit like that famous brand of soup, allergies come in many different varieties, so there is no single set of symptoms that can be isolated as being a clear indicator of an allergy, or a collection of allergies.

Similarly, the severity of allergic reactions varies from case to case too.

For the vast majority who are allergic to a specific trigger or triggers, the reaction is unpleasant but nevertheless mild whereas at the other end of the scale, a severe allergic reaction can lead to anaphylactic shock which can be lethal.

So, there are variables to take into account but having said this, it is true that there are some ‘telltale’ signs that some malady that you appear to be suffering from has an allergy at the root.

To begin with, the most common symptoms of an adverse reaction to a specific allergen are sneezing, vomiting, difficulty breathing, swelling and pains or cramps. On top of this, the severity of symptom could then be classified as mild, moderate or severe.

To give you some idea of where the ‘border’ between these somewhat arbitrary classifications is, mild symptoms of an allergic reaction might include a runny nose and/or congestion, rashes, itches, watery eyes and so on.

All these are unpleasant and uncomfortable but ultimately, there is no long term damage likely.

Next on the roster is a moderate allergic reaction which might be characterized by more severe itching and a distressing shortage of breath, perhaps caused by swelling around the face, eyes, nose or throat. In this case, treatment may be necessary, depending on the severity of the situation.

Finally, you have the – fortunately rare – occurrence of severe allergic shock or Anaphylaxis. This may start with a sudden, unexplained outburst of itching around the eyes or face, swiftly followed by more serious symptoms that can include swelling that makes breathing very difficult, violent pain, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and perhaps dizziness or confusion.

As I suggested earlier, anaphylaxis can lead to toxic shock, bodily shutdown and ultimately, death. In this case, the patient needs immediate medical attention especially if they are known allergy sufferers.

Another clue as to the presence of an allergy is an element of the same thing happening at the same time or in the same circumstances with a degree of regularity.

For example, I’ve highlighted ragweed as a prime cause of allergies in this part of the world. This tends to mean that the problem is worst in late summer, in August and September.

Thus, if you were to suffer an unknown reaction at this time every year, there’s a decent chance that you’ve just found your culprit!

It’s the same with places. If you start sneezing repeatedly and uncontrollably every time you enter a particular room in the house, then suspect that something in that room may be the root cause of your problem.

As you can see, there are plenty of telltale signs that might indicate that you are allergic to something. Next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather, this might be something to think about.

If you’d like to take the guesswork out of the equation schedule a visit in our Katy or Cy-Fair office for an allergy test. We look forward to taking care of you.

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