There are many different types of allergy symptoms from the common watery eyes, itchy nose, and of course hives.
However, there are several other types of allergy symptoms that are not known as well and can be very serious.
Headaches are allergy symptoms that most people do not realize.
Airborne pollens, food allergies, or other allergens such as cleaning products can bring on these allergy headaches.
Some of the foods that can trigger an allergy headache include:
- Vegetables - Beans especially lima, Italian, pole, broad, fava, string, navy, pinto, garbanzo, lentils, snow peas, pickles, chili peppers, and olives.
- Fruits - Dried fruits that contain preservatives such as raisins, dates, figs, apricots; avocados, papayas, passion fruit, red plums, and banana-peel extract.
- Breads - yeast breads, crackers, pizza dough, doughnuts, and soft pretzels.
- Dairy – many cheeses, sour cream, whole milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, and cream.
- Drinks - Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine; beverages containing chocolate or cocoa; and diet beverages containing artificial sweeteners.
These are just a few of the foods that can bring on allergy symptoms in the way of a severe headache.
Other allergy symptoms that you may not be aware of include anaphylaxis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, cough, dark circles under the eyes, fatigue, hives, itchy red eyes, diarrhea, depression, dizziness, absentmindedness, flushing, heart palpitations, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, popping in the ears, sleep problems, swelling, and wheezing. This is still not all the allergy symptoms; each person may have a different reaction to something that they are allergic to. One person may have trouble breathing, while another may only notice watery eyes when around the same exact item at the same exact time.
Once you learn to recognize the symptoms that you have when you are around something that caused allergy symptoms you will have better control over the symptoms. Such as if you know you are allergic to certain pollens in the air and you have an outdoor activity to attend this coming weekend, it would be wise to take along your allergy medication or even take a dose prior to going to the function.
Remember however, some allergy symptoms can be fatal such as ones that occur with peanut allergy. Many times, an allergic reaction can close off the air passages to your lungs by swelling and a person can die.
Understanding you have severe allergy symptoms is the best way in which to learn to cope and control them so you can enjoy your day to day routine.