Is it an Allergic Reaction?
An allergic reaction can be mild, moderate or severe, with the potential to cause life-threatening injuries when severe enough. The majority of us have experienced at least a mild allergic reaction in our lifetime. Even a reaction that starts off mild can quickly escalate to a severe condition in minutes of time, so assuming that everything is okay is never a good idea. Anyone can experience an allergic reaction - children, adults, young, elderly, white, black, or gold. In addition there are numerous things that can cause this allergic reaction from medications to foods to allergens in the air.
It's important to understand the signs of an allergic reaction before they happen so that you can seek immediate medical attention if necessary. Take a look at some of the signs that will show that you or someone you love is having an allergic reaction.
1. Most allergic reactions have the same symptoms when only a mild case develops. Those signs include watery, itchy eyes, hives and a stuffy nose. Often the skin will also break out in a red rash found in a particular area of the body .
2. Headache. A headache may or may not occur with all allergic reactions, although they’re common with airborne allergies.
3. Trouble breathing. If you are having trouble breathing it is a medical emergency and you should seek immediate help.
4. Changes in the Skin. It is possible for your skin to sweat, feel hot or cold to the touch or even flush if you are experiencing an allergic reaction.
5. Stomach pain. Your gastrointestinal tract reacts to contamination, so when you feel severe stomach pain with other allergic reaction symptoms it is likely that allergies are the culprit.
6. Cough. A persistent cough or the consistent need to clear the throat because it feels scratchy or itchy, coupled with other signs, also indicated that you might be suffering from an allergic reaction.
7. Anaphylaxis. An allergic reaction that is severe enough can cause anaphylaxis, with symptoms such as swelling of the throat, wheezing, vomiting, hives, swelling of the face, light headiness and shock. It is important to dial 9-1-1 if any of these signs are present.
Keep this list in a safe place easily accessible to yourself and members of your family at all times. You never know when you might need to identify the signs of an allergic reaction to save yourself or someone that you love.