When people say they have “allergies,” there are actually several different conditions they could be living with and referring to. Keep reading to discover what the three main types of allergies are and how you can determine what you are facing. Then contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 to make an appointment with an allergist who is ready to help you find the best solution.
- Allergic Rhinitis Also known as hay fever, allergic rhinitis is actually a catch-all term that describes allergic reactions that occur in the nose. Symptoms of this type of allergy can include:
Itching in the nose
Itching on the roof of the mouth
It is most often referred to as hay fever when allergic rhinitis is triggered by pollens or outdoor molds, and this would only occur during certain seasons. If you have allergies year-round, then you might be dealing with an allergy to dust mites, pets, or mold.
- Asthma Asthma is caused by airway muscles spasming and blocking the flow of air either to the lungs and/or the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Mucus can also clog the airway, making the issue worse. When a person has an asthma attack, they will generally have a hard time breathing, feel tightness in their chest, and cough or wheeze. For some people, the only symptom of asthma is a chronic cough. Asthma can be a minor issue, or it can be life-threatening.
- Skin Allergies There are many different types of skin allergies, such as atopic and contact dermatitis, eczema, and hives. These are often caused by allergens or irritants coming into contact with the skin. Some causes, such as poison ivy, can take hours or even days to develop, while others will take effect immediately. The most common types of rashes are caused by medicine, food, animals, chemicals, and insect stings. These types of skin allergies can be made worse by increased stress.
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No matter what type of allergy you are living with, whether it is on this list or not, you do not have to live in pain. Contact your local allergist to find out what your exact allergy is, what steps you can take to reduce it, and how it can be prevented. To make an appointment, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 right away.