Common Allergies

Allergic reactions occur when a person’s immune system is threatened by harmless substances that are perceived to be dangerous to the body. The immune system then seeks to counter the intruding substance by creating chemicals to protect itself. An alarming percentage of the world’s population today suffers from different degrees of allergies.

Some of the common allergic reactions which cut across continents are

  1. Food

Lots of people show allergic reaction to different nuts and reaction to peanuts is presently on the rise. Other foods allergies which pose a risk to the life of some individuals are eggs, milk, shellfish, apple, fish, meat (venison, beef, poultry, pork) wheat, prawns, and soy.

  1. Medicine

The chemical substances in some drugs and medications can cause reactions ranging from swelling and irritation to stuffiness. Salicylates are an example of an ingredient known to cause rash and nasal congestion in some people. Other drugs with known reactions are aspirin and penicillin.

  1. Animal Dander

Pets are lovely, but allergies can arise from their skin’s oil gland or protein in their saliva and hair. This allergy can be managed depending on the seriousness of the reaction. Pet healthcare and hygiene is a way out.

  1. Pollen

Pollen which is the male reproductive plants produce also causes allergies. Pollen is produced in powder form by grasses, trees, and weeds and once ingested can cause sneezing, irritation, and headache. It is best to prevent windy days and take shots when necessary.

  1. Insect

The sting from an insect can cause a severe type of reaction to the skin with excessive swelling, itching, and redness. Severe reactions can even be life-threatening, and it is advisable to seek medical help as soon as possible.

  1. Cockroaches

Cockroaches leave behind saliva, shed of body parts and fecal in addition to the scare they cause to people. These remains trigger allergic reactions because of the protein in them.

  1. Dust Mites

Mites which feed on dead human skin cells, pollens, bacteria, dead pet cells and fungi cause allergy. The mites are so tiny and can get into the eyes or inhaled leading to discomfort.

  1. Latex

Contact with material that has latex causes allergic symptoms. Disposable gloves, medical devices, condoms, and other latex-containing materials trigger rashes, sneezing, itching, skin redness, wheezing, and watery eyes.

  1. Grasses and Blades of Grasses

Grasses like Bermuda grass, and red top cause symptoms of allergy after pollinating period for trees. Also, the blades have barbs that cannot be seen with the human eyes which can cause allergies when in contact with the body.


  1. Mold

Mold is a small fungus with spores which lives in damp places. Molds can contaminate the air and act as a source of allergy to some people when inhaled.

  1. Fragrance

Fragrances in perfumes, roll-ons, laundry detergent, deodorants, scented candles, and cosmetics trigger different allergic reactions in individuals.

  1. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a chemical substance used for fabric treatments and used for nail polishes can irritate some individuals.

  1. Metals

Allergic reactions occur when the skin is in contact with some metals. Nickel is one metal used for making costume jewelry that has caused allergies.

The occurrence of these allergies vary and could be mild or severe.


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