Allergic symptoms are usually caused by a hypersensitive response to an otherwise harmless substance. Some people may walk through a garden of flowers and feel fine, but just the thought of consuming a peanut could bring out the hives.
Do you sneeze around pets or itch from wool? Check our rundown of the most common kinds of allergies to see what you may be allergic to.
- Allergic rhinitis
- Latex allergy
- Skin contact allergy
- Allergic conjunctivitis
- Food allergies
Types of allergies
Allergic rhinitis — is characterized by sneezing and itchy, watery eyes, swelling and inflammation of nasal passage and breathing can become difficult or with whistling sound. The causes of allergic rhinitis are majorly aerial (pollen, mites, and animal hairs).
Asthma — it is defined by inflammation of the lungs and airways and constriction of the bronchial tubes triggered by many of the same allergens as allergic rhinitis, and resulting in wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath and coughing.
Eczema — also known as atopic dermatitis, affects between 10 and 20 percent of children and 1 to 3 percent of adults. Its common symptoms are dry, red, irritated and itchy skin. Sometimes, especially when infected, the skin may have small, fluid-filled bumps that ooze a clear or yellowish liquid. People with eczema often have a family history of allergies.
Latex allergy — is a reaction to the manmade material Latex, mostly in the powder residue that coats the latex in rubber gloves, which can become airborne. Symptoms may include asthma, itching and rash, hives and watery eyes
Skin contact allergy — also called contact dermatitis, an allergic reaction caused by direct contact with an allergen that produces inflammation ranging from localized redness to open sores. Acid and alkaline materials, including soaps and detergents; solvents, adhesives, and other industrial chemicals; poison ivy, oak or sumac; nickel and other metals used in jewelry; topical medications, including antibiotics and anesthetics; rubber; perfumes or cosmetics; fabrics such as wool and clothing made from such fabrics are its common causes.
Allergic conjunctivitis — also called pink eye, an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue on the inside of the eyelid that keeps the eyeball and eyelid moist. Can be triggered by contact with substances such as shampoo, cosmetics, dirt, smoke, pool chlorine, or various allergens. See more.
Food allergies — A food allergy is an immune system response to food. A food intolerance is a digestive system response to food. The signs may include itchiness, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of the tongue hives, low blood pressure or trouble breathing.