Allergic reactions are quite common and can be very serious. In fact, if an allergy goes undetected it could be lethal. The more you are exposed to an allergen, without treatment, the worse your reaction can become. This is why it is important that you identify allergies in you and your children, so that you can prevent a serious reaction. Here are some of the lesser-known symptoms of allergies.
1. Racing Heart and Panic Attacks
If you are exposed to an allergen you might respond with an impending sense of doom. For example, even if you don't know that you ate a peanut, you still might have a panic attack without knowing why. Your heart will race and you might feel like something terrible is going to happen.
This is a physiological response, not an emotional response. If you know you ate the peanut and you panic, that is different. This is actually the body telling you that there is a problem without your mind even knowing why.
For children, they might not be able to articulate that their heart is racing, or that they are having a panic attack, so watch closely. They might start to cry or become explosive and angry. You can even put your hand over their heart to determine how fast it is beating.
2. Dry and Itchy Skin
Many times your skin will react to the food that you eat and the environmental allergens that you are exposed to. People who have allergies might break out into eczema, pimples on their arms or legs, even acne. Additionally, you might feel like your skin is never moist or that is constantly flaky and dry. This could be because your body is rejecting the food that you eat, and so you are not getting the proper nutrients into your body to promote healthy skin.
3. A Dry Cough and Itchy Throat
If you have environmental allergies you could easily get a dry cough and itchy throat. This is because you breathe through your mouth and nose causing the throat to be one of the first places to be exposed to the allergen. You might also notice that the sore throat and cough are worse in the morning. This is because you breathe allergens in the night without being able to neutralize them with water.
These are just a couple things you should look for if you suspect allergies. For more information, contact a professional like Asthma and Allergy Clinic.