Allergic reactions refers to our body’s response to the presence of a foreign substance in our system. It can otherwise by seen as a sensitivity build-up by the body to defend it against attacks. Adverse allergic 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.

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