With the exception of sudden and severe reactions, most allergy and asthma symptoms develop slowly over a period of time. Allergic reactions are most common in the respiratory and digestive systems. They may appear wherever immune system cells contact perceived invader pathogens (allergens), which may happen if the substances are swallowed, inhaled, or make contact with the skin.
While symptoms and severity may vary from one person to the next, the following symptoms are frequently associated with allergies:
- Hay fever
- Digestive problems
Hay fever, which is also called allergic rhinitis, is a common symptom associated with Las Vegas allergies, especially pollen and plants. Allergic rhinitis is a term used to describe allergic reactions that impact the nose. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis may include itching in the nose, eyes, or roof of your mouth. You may also experience congestion, sneezing, or a runny nose. While allergic rhinitis describes these symptoms at any time of the year, they are called “hay fever” if they develop during the fall, spring, or summer months. If your allergic rhinitis symptoms appear during the winter, they may arise as a result of exposure to other pathogens along with plants, grasses, and trees, such as indoor molds, pets, dust mites, and indoor allergy triggers.
Asthma is another symptom associated with allergies. Asthma impacts the lungs and respiratory system. Depending on the severity of your allergies, asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe. If you suspect that you’re having an asthma attack, which is a serious reaction, you’ll need to get medical attention right away. An asthma attack may include difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, or tightness in the chest. Less severe asthma symptoms may include a chronic cough or mild general discomfort in the chest.
Dermatitis refers to allergy symptoms that arise when your skin comes into contact with an allergen. Dermatitis also includes hives and eczema, which is skin irritation characterized by dry and red skin. Sometimes, there may be a delayed reaction from the time you have contact with an allergen to the time that symptoms develop. This often happens with poison ivy and poison oak. However, you may also develop a reaction to certain foods, insect bites or stings, medications, and chemicals.
Anaphylaxis is another allergy symptom. While it is less common, it is also a severe reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis is a dangerous and potentially fatal systemic allergic reaction. It is often triggered by food and insect stings, such as bees. You may experience a number of unpleasant symptoms such as swelling of the tongue, mouth, or throat, redness on the skin, hives, a drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhea. While some allergy symptoms may take awhile to develop, anaphylaxis usually starts quickly, and symptoms may rapidly get worse.
Digestive problems are also associated with allergies. Exposure to food that you are allergic to can create an allergic response in your digestive tract. You may experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea as a result. If you notice that the symptoms reappear repeatedly, consider keeping a journal of when you notice symptoms and what foods you consumed prior to the onset of symptoms. This will give your Las Vegas allergy doctor some clues as to what might be the underlying problem when you schedule an allergy appointment.
Hives are another symptom associated with Las Vegas allergies. Hives may appear after touching a substance that you’re allergic to or if you get stung by an insect. Hives will cause red welts on your skin, and they may appear anywhere on the body.