Allergic reaction is your
body’s response to the presence of a foreign substance. It can otherwise by
seen as a sensitivity build-up by the body to defend it against attacks.
Adverse reactions can  come from food,
dust, pollens or chemicals on the skin. When this happens you should be able to
identify the symptoms to seek for help urgently in order to prevent
anaphylactic shock. Here are some common allergic symptoms you must know.

Flu like symptoms; this usually appears like you are suffering
from cold. you experience runny nose, watery eyes, cough, sneeze, headaches and
fever. this could be a reaction caused by allergens like dust, fur, pollens and
pet dander. when there is any exposure, the body tries to remove this foreign
substance from the body through cough or sneeze. it is important that you
identify the allergens and stay away  as
much as possible

Skin irritations; this reaction might occur in response to an
insect bite(mosquito) or chemical exposure like detergent causing hives or
rashes on the skin. it is crucial to take note of where the hives or rashes are
collected as this shows the cause of allergy. if the hives are seen along lines
where your clothes or underwear rubs you might likely be allergic to latex. on
the other hand if you notice a generalised swelling or rash it could be traced
to soaps or beauty products.

Watery and itchy eyes; this is often experienced by people who
bathe in streams, rivers and ponds. this could be a reaction to dusts, dirts
and other foreign substance in the water. some people may experience this on
exposure to pollen or dander from pets. if this happens often you should take
caution and avoid contact with any identified 
allergen.

Swelling; swellings on the hands, feet or face is a
good indicator that you have ingested something you are allergic to. for
instance, certain individuals experience swelling around the mouth and face
after consumption of pineapple, crayfish or any sea food. identifying this
allergies and staying away from the allergens 
will help prevent further reactions

What to do

Keep a log of your allergies; it is crucial not to make this a secret but
make it known to your friends and family so as to take caution where necessary.
keep it visible and clear such that can be easily interpreted by them and can
help you with the right treatment when your doctor asks questions

Keep your medications close; having identified the allergens and its
reactions on exposure you should see a doctor who will place you on some
anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and stop the itching you
experience. endeavour to keep your medications around you often this is crucial
if you are suffering from a more severe condition like asthma.