When you’re aware of allergy symptoms, you can recognize when they worsen, and you’ll be alert to the warning signs of a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. The board certified physicians at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates can help explain your symptoms and provide treatment to diminish allergic reactions. Call or schedule an appointment online to visit the doctors at any of their three locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
The first time you have an allergic reaction, the symptoms are likely to be mild. As you continue to be exposed to the allergen, your risk increases for having a moderate or serious reaction. After the immune system is sensitized to the allergen (the thing the causes your allergy), it takes a smaller amount of it to trigger a worse reaction.
If you’re allergic to something you breathe in, symptoms are likely to affect your nose, lungs, and eyes. If you have a contact allergy or you’re allergic to insect stings, your skin will show symptoms. These are the general symptoms you can expect from a mild allergic reaction:
A severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, is a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate medical attention. Allergies to food, insect stings, medications, and latex are most likely to cause anaphylaxis. If you’re at risk, the doctors at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates will be sure you have self-injectable epinephrine to use in case of an emergency.
These symptoms indicate a moderate to severe allergic reaction:
Stomach: Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Skin: Hives, swelling, itchy
Breathing: Tightness of the throat, wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, hoarse voice, chest pain, trouble swallowing or breathing
Circulation: Dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure
Without rapid medical care, anaphylaxis causes shock, loss of consciousness, and death. Before that happens, some people say they feel a sense of anxiety or impending doom.
Symptoms related to food allergies usually occur within minutes to two hours after eating the allergen. While the most common symptoms occur where you’d expect — in the gastrointestinal tract — food allergy symptoms may also appear on the skin or affect the respiratory tract and cardiovascular system. The various kinds of symptoms include:
Like other types of allergies, food allergies can cause anaphylaxis. The foods most likely to cause such a severe reaction are peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, milk, and eggs.
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