Common triggers of an allergic reaction
- Pet Dander
- Certain Plants and Pollen
- Bee stings / insects bites
- Certain medications
- Hives (itchy red spots on the skin)
- Nasal congestion
Symptoms that indicate a severe allergy :
- Abdominal pain
- Pain or tightness in the chest
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Dizziness (vertigo)
- Swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue
- Flushed face
- Fear or anxiety
- Nausea or vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Difficulty in breathing
Identifying the triggers:
An allergy specialist (allergist) can help find the exact cause of your allergy through:
- Skin testing - the most common diagnostic method that involves exposing the skin to various substances and observing reactions over time.
- Specific IgE (immunoglobulin E) blood tests to identify IgE antibodies that relate to specific antigens or triggers.
- Tests involving removal of suspected allergens and then re-introducing them to see if a reaction occurs.
- Blood test for allergy checks for antibodies against a possible allergen (An antibody is a protein the body produces to fight harmful substances)
How Is an Allergic Reaction Treated?
Allergies can be managed by consciously avoiding contact with suspected triggers and medical help. However, if a person shows symptoms of an allergy all of a sudden, immediate medical help is mandatory. Remember, some allergies can even prove fatal.
Consult a dermatologist
Consult a pulmonologist