Signs & Symptoms of 6 Different Allergies

Some allergies are just annoying, some are a matter of knowing what to avoid, and others can be life threatening. If you don’t know your allergens, get tested today.


An animal allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to proteins in an animal’s skin cells, saliva, or urine. People who also have asthma may experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. Symptoms will include some (not always all) of the following:

Nasal: congestion, runny nose, or sneezing
Respiratory: shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing
Eyes: puffy eyes or watery eyes
Skin: itching or skin rash


A large majority of us suffer seasonal allergies and, unfortunately, you can have different allergies every season. Symptoms may include:

Pain areas: inner ear, headache
Nasal: congestion, loss of smell, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, or stuffy nose
Eyes: itchiness, puffy eyes, redness, or watery eyes
Respiratory: breathing through the mouth, wheezing, coughing, phlegm, or throat irritation
Skin: itching


Severe food allergy reactions can be life-threatening. The symptoms most likely include:

Pain areas: in the abdomen
Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, passing excessive amounts of gas, cramps, vomiting, or flatulence
Respiratory: swollen airways
Skin: hives, itching, tingling lips, or rashes


Trying a new medication or being treated in a hospital can be nerve-wracking if you don’t know whether you’re allergic or not. Symptoms may include:
Skin: hives, swelling, itching, or rashes
Nasal: runny nose
Eyes: Watery eyes
Respiratory: wheezing
Gastrointestinal: nausea
Whole body: fever



People with asthma are especially susceptible and may experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. Symptoms include:
Nasal: runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing
Eyes: itchiness, puffy eyes, or watery eyes
Skin: hives
Respiratory: coughing, shortness of breath, or throat irritation



This is an extreme, life-threatening reaction to an allergen. Symptoms include: a skin rash, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and shock.

Nasal: Congestion
Whole body: fainting, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, dizziness, fast heart rate, or flushing
Respiratory: difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
Skin: hives, itching, swelling under skin, blue skin (poor circulation), or rashes
Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting
Mouth and Head: tongue swelling, difficulty swallowing, facial swelling, mental confusion, or impaired voice
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