Allergy

Allergy

Symptoms

Allergies can have many symptoms you wouldn’t expect; such as stomach pain, diarrhea or cough. Recognizing typical signs of the most common allergies is a prerequisite to get a correct diagnosis, appropriate help and optimal symptom relief.

Like many people, you may find it difficult to tell whether you or your child’s symptoms are caused by allergies or not. You also need to remember that a runny or stuffy nose and other symptoms may not be caused by an allergy at all. A number of other factors, such as irritants, infections, injuries, or deformities of the nose, can cause symptoms similar to allergies. To treat the symptoms, you need to understand the real cause behind them, since treatment differs for different conditions. That’s why it’s important to get tested for allergies to help your doctor make an appropriate allergy diagnosis

Triggers
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Eczema
  • Digestive Problem
  • Rash/Hives
  • Oral Symptoms

Asthma

When allergic reactions affect the eyes, nose, and throat, the symptoms are often categorized as rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is an extremely common illness that is often mistaken for an ordinary cold. However, rhinitis may develop into more severe problems such as asthma. It is common to over diagnose allergic rhinitis. Studies have shown that approximately 65% of patients diagnosed as having allergic rhinitis and prescribed antihistamines were actually not allergic. That is why recurring or drawn-out symptoms should always be investigated.

Typical signs

  • blocked-up nose
  • breathing through the mouth (only)
  • itchy nose
  • itchy throat/mouth/lips
  • itchy, red eyes and swollen eyelids
  • runny nose
  • sneezing

Rhinitis

Typical signs

When allergic reactions affect the eyes, nose, and throat, the symptoms are often categorized as rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is an extremely common illness that is often mistaken for an ordinary cold. However, rhinitis may develop into more severe problems such as asthma. It is common to over diagnose allergic rhinitis. Studies have shown that approximately 65% of patients diagnosed as having allergic rhinitis and prescribed antihistamines were actually not allergic. That is why recurring or drawn-out symptoms should always be investigated.

  • blocked-up nose
  • breathing through the mouth (only)
  • itchy nose
  • itchy throat/mouth/lips
  • itchy, red eyes and swollen eyelids
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • swelling of the mouth/airways
  • weeping eyes

Eczema

Eczema is a condition that affects both children and adults. Most commonly it appears during the early years of childhood. Young children often have eczema on their cheeks, torso and/or joints of the arms and legs. There is no available cure for eczema, but using a lotion is important. It is also important to investigate the cause of your eczema. With a clear diagnosis and good advice from your doctor, you will be better equipped to encounter and reverse some of the more unpleasant effects.

Typical signs

  • dry skin
  • itchy skin
  • nettle rash/hives (urticaria)
  • skin rash

Digestive Problem

Food allergy can cause digestive problems such as stomach pain, diarrhoea and vomiting in adults as well as in children, even from the first year of life. Food allergy is a growing, serious public health problem that affects both adults and children. Today, a wide range of foods has been reported to cause food allergies, and over the last 10-20 years there has been a true rise in the prevalence of food allergies.

Typical signs

  • diarrhoea
  • stomach pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weight loss

Rash or hives

Rash or hives (urticaria) are localized, pale, itchy, pink wheals (swellings) that can burn or sting. They may occur singularly or in groups on any part of the skin. Most episodes of hives disappear quickly in the space of a few days to a few weeks.

Typical signs

  • Rash/hives (urticaria)
  • skin rash

Oral Symptoms

Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is common among people with pollen allergy. It is normally a temporary and relatively mild condition characterized by swelling, redness and itching of the mouth area. Occasionally, also the eyes are affected.

Typical signs

  • itchy throat
  • itchy mouth
  • itchy lips
Test to know

How do you know whether you or child’s symptoms are caused by allergy or not - and if so, to what exactly? Maybe you or your child has already received a diagnosis, but has it been validated by a test?

Blood Testing

An allergy blood test can help your doctor determine if you or your child has allergies - and to what exactly. A blood test is quick and simple and is available to your doctor. A blood test can test for hundreds of allergens, such as weeds, trees, pollen, mold, food, and animal dander. Adults and children of any age can take a blood test, and it can be performed irrespective of skin condition, medication, symptom, disease activity and pregnancy.

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