Allergy Symptoms

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Allergy symptoms vary from person to person depending on the allergy they suffer from. Typical symptoms of allergies are:

  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus discomfort
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Blocked, runny or stuffy nose
  • Skin rashes or hives (red and sometimes itchy bumps on skin)

 

                                                

 

                                           

Recognising your symptoms

Allergy

The terms hay fever and sinus infection have become catch-all terms for what are actually different and specific symptoms.

Rhinitis is the term for the symptoms produced by nasal irritation or inflammation. The nose reacts to irritation and inflammation by sneezing, itching, running or becoming blocked. If the effects last more than six weeks the condition is known as chronic rhinitis and is usually caused by an allergy. A shorter incidence is known as acute rhinitis and is usually caused by an infection or an irritation such as a common cold.

Studies estimate that more than 30% of people experience the condition at some point in their life. It takes two forms: intermittent and perennial.