Concerned about Symptoms?

Sometimes understanding the symptoms you or your loved-one are dealing with is difficult & confusing. I used to wonder, “What is it that my body is trying to tell me – I just don’t understand!?” With the exception of an anaphylactic shock , the reaction to an allergen may be delayed from the initial contact or ingestion or not a “typical” symptom, making it frustrating to determine the cause of the symptom. Because of this, people do not even correlating the symptom they’re having to an allergy.

Most people are familiar with “hay fever” symptoms of itchy eyes, a runny nose, & sneezing. However, that is just a start to the many different ways that allergens can affect us. Allergens can cause reactions is many different aspects of our body.

Are you or a loved one symptomatic with any of these?

Head – Headache, Dizziness, Insomnia

Eyes – Itchy/watery eyes, Puffy/swollen eyelids, Dry eyes, Dark circles or bags under eyes, Blurred vision

Ear, Nose & Throat – Earache or infections, ringing/popping or itching in ears, Stuffy nose, Sneezing, Coughing, Wheezing, Gagging, Excessive mucus, Itchy throat, Sore throat

Skin & Mouth – Itchy skin, Swollen or discolored lips & tongue, Sensitive gums, Canker sores, Acne, Hives, Rashes, Dry skin, Hair loss, Hot flashes, Flushed skin, Excessive sweating

Heart, Chest & Lungs – Chest pain, Irregular heartbeat, Congestion, Asthma, Bronchitis, Breathing difficulties

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract – Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Ulcers, Bloating, Flatulence, Heartburn, Intestinal Spasm, Stomach ache

Joints & Muscles – Arthritis, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Stiffness, Muscle weakness

Genitals & Bladder – Infertility, Unusual genital discharge or itch, Frequent or urgent urination, Bladder pain

Weight & Energy – Excessive cravings for particular foods, Weight gain, Weight loss, Water retention

Mind & Spirit – Fatigue/sluggishness, Hyperactivity/restlessness, Poor concentration/distractibility, Difficulty following instruction/confusion, Poor physical coordination, Slurred speech, Learning disabilities, Poor memory

Emotions – Mood swings, Irritability, Anxiety, Aggressiveness, Depression, Compulsive behavior

Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list of allergy symptoms. The symptom that you or your loved one is suffering through could be something else entirely. Or, you could have a symptom listed here that isn’t actually caused by an allergy, rather caused by another medical condition that needs addressed by a healthcare provider. The most important thing about symptoms is really to listen to your body. These and other symptoms are very impactful to one’s quality of life. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it! The best way to determine if it is an allergy is to get tested. Stop suffering & start living.

For additional resources, check out the following site:

http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/allergysymptoms.aspx

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About Kari Larson

Hi, I'm Kari Larson, social media consultant & blogger for ImmuneTech. Personally, I have suffered with allergies & sensitivities for years. Professionally, my background is 15 years in heathcare management & life-style technology product development. I've also been a contributing author to a variety of dermatology trade journals. Now working in this capacity with ImmuneTech is exciting for me as it is combines my professional career with a topic of personal interest. My goal is to share news, tips, resources, & commentary on topics relating to managing & living with allergies.

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