Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms of Airborne Allergies

  • Nasal: sneezing, stuffy nose (rhinitis), nasal blockage, loss of taste of food, loss of sense of smell, nasal polyps, snoring.
  • Chest: wheezing and coughing, difficulty breathing.
  • Eyes: itchy eyes, watering eyes.
  • Mouth or Throat: itching, burning, swelling or blistering
  • Ears: itching or blockage

Symptoms of Contact Allergies

  • Skin: rash, itching, swelling, hives, urticaria, redness, eczema-like reaction, blistering.
  • Mouth: itching, burning, swelling or blistering.

Urticaria (or Hives)

Urticaria, otherwise known as "hives", is a kind of skin rash characterised by dark red, raised itchy bumps. There are many causes of urticaria, some of which are nothing to do with an allergice reaction.

We have a wide experience of urticaria and are frequently consulted about it. It's important to determine the cause of urticaria as a non-allergic cause has different treatment to hives caused by an allergen.

Insect Stings

It is quite normal to have some reaction following an insect sting. This will usually appear as a sore area of redness at the site of the sting.

It is NOT normal to experience any of the following symptoms AWAY from the site of the sting:

  • Rash;
  • Swelling or Redness;
  • Urticaria or hives;
  • Throat closing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Cough;
  • Faintness, collapse or loss of consciousness.

If you develop a large reaction around a sting (grapefruit size or bigger), then you are at risk—low risk—of developing anaphylaxis if you are stung again.