Allergy Symptoms Posted on January 6, 2022 by Cape Fear Otolaryngology Allergy symptoms differ depending on the type of allergy. Allergy symptoms typically involve the airways, sinuses, nasal passages, and skin. They can range from mild to severe and are typically diagnosed by an Allergist. What Are the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies? Seasonal allergies are among the most common. Often referred to as hay fever, these allergies result from molds or pollen from various flowering plants, grasses, and trees. Since some plants only grow and flower at a certain time of year and some molds grow better in different weather conditions, these allergies may only affect you during specific seasons. Over-the-counter allergy treatments are often effective. Common symptoms include: Nasal congestionSneezingRunny noseItchy eyes and throatWatery eyesPostnasal drip What Are the Symptoms of Skin Allergies? It’s unlikely that a skin allergy would go unnoticed; the redness, swelling, itchiness, hives, rash, and peeling or flaking skin are dead giveaways. There are many potential sources of skin allergies, including: Beauty products and cosmeticsPerfumesTopical ointmentsHousehold solventsLatexInsect stingsCertain medicationsPoisonous plants (such as poison ivy, oak, and sumac) What Are the Symptoms of Food Allergies? An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from food allergies. They are most common in young children but can affect people of all ages. Symptoms range from mild to severe and include: HivesStomach crampsVomitingWheezingCoughHoarsenessSwelling of the tongueDifficulty breathingWeak pulsePale skinDizziness Any food can trigger a reaction, but most food allergies occur in response to peanuts, shellfish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, wheat, and soy. What Are the Symptoms of Anaphylaxis? Some patients may develop anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal reaction that causes swelling in the throat and breathing difficulties. Symptoms may develop within seconds of exposure and include: Abdominal painDizzinessNauseaRapid pulseHeart palpitationsInflammation of the face and eyesMental confusion Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency; without prompt treatment, patients can go into shock or cardiac arrest. Call Cape Fear Otolaryngology at (910) 323-9222 for our Fayetteville location or (910) 738-1038 for our Lumberton location for more information or to schedule an appointment.