Common Allergies in Adults Q&A
Many things can trigger allergies in adults. Our specialists are experienced in treating and diagnosing allergy symptoms. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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Millions of people are prone to certain allergies in their lifetime, but it is likely that many people do not realize that they have them. Although it is easy to think of allergies as a problem for people with sensitivities, anyone can have them. In fact, there are dozens of different allergy symptoms, including itchy skin, hives, swelling, and difficulty breathing. It can be difficult to diagnose allergies without the help of a medical professional, so it is imperative to visit an allergist when experiencing allergic symptoms.
There are several allergies that are common in adults, from airborne allergens to food allergies. The most common include:
• Pollen — One of the top allergens in the world is pollen, which is produced by trees, grasses, and flowers. In many regions, the revelatory yellow residue on the ground indicates that the pollen season is underway. When this occurs, allergy sufferers should initiate preventative measures, such as staying indoors on windy days, taking antihistamines as needed, and using a clean air filter inside.
• Dust Mites — One of the most common substances on the planet, dust can lead to a significant number of allergies. It is not dust alone that causes allergies, but the substances produced by dust mites that trigger reactions. The most common reactions are sneezing and a runny nose; these can be prevented by cleaning accumulations of dust.
• Food — Many adults suffer from food allergies. Foods that cause allergic reactions include tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, and cashews), milk, peanuts, soy, shellfish, and gluten. The allergies can be triggered by exposure to the food as part of a recipe or by consuming them whole (such as drinking a glass of milk).
• Medication — Certain medications, especially penicillin, can cause allergic reactions in adults. Penicillin remains one of the medications most likely to cause allergic reactions in patients, which can trigger anaphylaxis in some cases.
• Insect Bites and Stings — Bites and stings from insects, such as those from bees, wasps, and ants, can also trigger allergic reactions in adults. The reactions range from mild swelling to anaphylactic shock; serious cases require immediate medical attention.
• Pet Dander — Indoor pets such as cats and dogs occasionally, and unintentionally, trigger allergic reactions in adults. Pet hair and dander can trigger a host of allergic reactions, most commonly a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.
Allergy symptoms depend on the substance involved and can affect the airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, and digestive system.
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) can cause:
• Itching of the nose, eyes, or mouth
• Runny, stuffy nose
• Watery, red, or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)
A food allergy can cause:
• Tingling in the mouth
• Swelling of the lips, tongue, face, throat
An insect sting allergy can cause:
• A large area of swelling at the sting site
• Itching or hives all over the body
• Chest tightness
• Shortness of breath
A drug allergy can cause:
• Itchy skin
• Facial swelling
Atopic dermatitis can cause the skin to:
• Flake or peel
Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
• Loss of consciousness
• A drop in blood pressure
• Severe shortness of breath
• Skin rash
• A rapid, weak pulse
• Nausea and vomiting
One of the main ways to tell what food you are allergic to: eliminate one food at a time from your diet until symptoms disappear; or, change to a restrictive diet and reintroduce foods one at a time until the food in question is identified.
The best way to know what kind of allergies you have is to consult an allergy specialist, such as an allergist. While there are ways to find out on your own, it is always best to consult a professional, as they are the only ones that can provide an accurate diagnosis.
If you are experiencing allergic symptoms, come to Primary Care Center today. Contact us or book an online appointment with our adult-onset allergy specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Bacliff TX, Dickinson TX, Seabrook TX, League City TX, and Clear Lake City TX. We look forward to serving you!
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