Substances can trigger reaction within your body in three ways: contact with skin, digestive, and respiratory system. Each of these methods of contact elicits a unique allergic response by your body. Observing the response can help identify the allergen.
Skin allergy symptoms include itching, inflammation, redness, swelling in the area of contact.
Symptoms often manifest on the skin in the form of hives. The mouth, lips, tongue can swell up causing difficulty swallowing. The face can also swell up. Nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain are common.
Cold like symptons like stuffy nose and sneezing usually occur. In severe cases the respiratory passages may close up and difficulty breathing will occur.
Treatment of Allergies
Although the symptoms of an allergic reaction can be helped by taking antihistamines, the best way to get rid of allergies is to identify and avoid the allergen that is causing the reaction. The environment you are in when your allergies occur and the time of year it is can help you do this. If it is fall or spring outdoors, then pollen may be the culprit. Indoor allergies can be caused by dust and pet dander and may require cleaning the house and filtering the air.
Food allergies can be quite dangerous so it is important to pinpoint what causes the reaction within you and to avoid that food at all costs. The best way to do this once it has been identified is to consume food that is made at home with known ingredients.