Other Allergies

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Allergies are a huge problem in the world. More than 70 percent of people in the world have some type of allergy that they inherited from one or both of their parents. Hay fever is one of the most common types of allergies from which people suffer. More than 55 percent of people in the United States are allergic to common allergens such as dust mites, ragweed, cats, dogs and the like. Allergies to those allergens can cause reactions such as sneezing, wheezing, rashes and the like. The following are some other allergies to which some people may be allergic:

Insect Allergies

Many people suffer from insect allergies. The venom that an insect releases can cause undesirable skin conditions such as wheels and hives. Some people have reactions that do not cease to spread until they use an antihistamine. An example of an antihistamine is Benadryl. Some people have reactions to insects that do not sting. The brief touch of a caterpillar on one’s skin may cause that person to develop hives, for example.

Reactions to Drugs

Certain medications can cause a person to have a negative drug reaction. The person may have stomach cramps, an itchy rash or life-threatening breathing problems. The severity of the reaction depends on the individual. Doctors will prescribe alternative drugs for people who have such complications. Hospitals will pay special attention to notes in the patient charts about drug allergies.

Chemical Allergies

A chemical allergy is an allergy to something that a person uses at work or at home. For example, some people are allergic to carpet cleaning substances, Windex and the like. Symptoms may consist of watery eyes, burning eyes and sneezing. In some cases, the affected person may have several breathing problems and need to visit the hospital.

Makeup or Cosmetic Allergies

People usually experience facial skin irritation when they are allergic to beauty products. Examples of beauty products that may cause such a reaction are foundation, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick. In severe circumstances, a person may experience swollen and painful upper or bottom lips.

Some allergies have a quick solution such as a cream or liquid medication. Other allergies require the use of an EpiPen, which is an injected steroid for extreme circumstances. The best way to avoid allergic reactions is to avoid the source of the allergic reaction. Otherwise, the person should carry an emergency kit around for when allergic reactions occur.