Allergy Triggers and Symptoms

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Recognizing Allergy Symptoms

The most common allergic responses are breathing problems like congestion, sneezing and wheezing, along with itchy eyes and skin irritation, redness, hives or itch. If you suffer from allergies, you may have only one of these symptoms or several.

The symptoms of allergies to airborne substances, such as ragweed and dust mites, include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or clogged nose and post-nasal drip
  • Coughing
  • Itching eyes, nose and throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes caused by altered blood flow near the sinuses
  • Children often get a crease mark on their noses from rubbing it in an upward direction
  • Watering eyes
  • Conjunctivitis, or an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes and crusting of the eyelids.
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness from allergic asthma.
  • If you suspect you have an allergy and it bothers you to the point you'd like to seek treatment, you can see a general practitioner or an allergist. If you have cold-like symptoms that last for more than two weeks, you should seek treatment because these symptoms can lead to sinusitis, which may require more aggressive treatment.
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