The usage of the word allergy is often interchanged, incorrectly, to describe
Which ever type of sensitivity you have they are usually caused by a normally un-harmful item being treated by the body as a harmful allergen.
Allergens include, but are not limited to
Reations to food are very common in children and are on the rise. They are generally caused by wheat, eggs, dairy, soy, tree nuts and peanuts. Fish and shellfish are also common food allergies but generally occur as people get older. Eczema is often caused by food allergies - as is hives, skin rashes, tingling in the mouth, swollen tongue and throat. Severe cases may be followed by vomiting and breathing difficulties and, in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock.
Many forms of medication can cause reactions with the most common allergic reaction being to Penicillin - an antibiotic ingredient. Sufferers often experience a skin rash, itching of the eyes or skin and sometimes swelling of the nose or throat. Nausea, breathing difficulties and anaphylaxis are also possible.
Plant reactions are usually attributed to contact with a plant that causes a skin rash in the contact area. The rash is generally very itchy and turns into fluid-filled blisters.
Pollen is the cause of numerous other conditions which can be difficult to manage.
Any insect with stingers that inject venom into its victim can cause an allergic reaction for some people. Often the reaction is localised to the point of the injections but symptoms can range from mild and uncomfortable to extreme and deadly.
Allergies to cosmetic products can take weeks, months and even years of exposure to develop and are usually seen as rashes or itching in the area the cosmetics are used. The usual suspects are perfumes, soaps, shampoos and makeup.
Sufferers of a latex allergy may react to the touch of rubber - usually latex, which is made from the sap of the rubber tree. Health care workers are often diagnosed with this condition as use of latex gloves starts causing itchiness, rashes, chest pains, breathing difficulties and unfortunately even anaphylactic shock.
Allergies to animals, particularly household pets, can take several years to develop. They are usually caused by a reaction to the animal dander (skin cells) or their saliva. Unfortunately animal dander gets into everything so eliminating reactions to your favourite pet is difficult. Thankfully, given the right management, giving up a pet in order to prevent allergy symptoms isn’t always necessary.