Allergic reaction

How can you tell if it’s an allergic reaction? Allergic reactions are triggered by exterior substances (animal hair, pollen, mosquito bites, or even certain foods) that come into contact with our bodies and shock our immune system.

How can you tell if it’s an allergic reaction?

It is still unclear what causes allergies in humans, but the number of sufferers continues to increase each year. Don’t panic, listen to your body before diagnosing yourself. Talk to your pharmacist to learn more about the possible consequences of allergic reactions.

Allergy or cold?

Since the symptoms are quite similar, many people mix allergies up with colds, especially when it comes to hay fever. How can you tell the two apart?  First of all, allergies are an immune reaction to something that is harmless, whereas a cold is an immune reaction to a virus that has settled in your body. In both cases, there can be a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing. In order to tell what’s what, look at your mucus; if it is transparent, allergies are the cause; if it is rather yellowish, a cold is the culprit!

How to tell the difference between allergies and asthma?

Besides resembling a cold, allergies are also closely related to asthma, so it can be difficult to tell the two apart. How do you know if you are having an allergic reaction, or suffering from asthma? First of all, asthma is a disease characterized by respiratory problems that can be triggered by various factors, including an allergic reaction, physical effort or bronchial hyperactivity in children. Allergic reactions therefore can trigger an asthma attack, which is characterized by difficulty breathing. The verdict? The two reactions are closely connected, and it can be difficult to tell them apart. Ask your pharmacist, who will be able to guide you to the best way to treat your symptoms.

What causes allergies?

Allergies are caused by many things, which include food, nature as well as body care products.  Since the phenomenon is still poorly explained – even if it is very common – it is important to keep in mind that any element external to the human body can trigger an allergic reaction. Take notes! Some of the most common causes are airborne micro-organisms such as pollen, mites and animal hair.  Many foods can also provoke a reaction (nuts, shellfish, etc.), as well as certain medications, or even UV rays. Also, watch out for skincare products (perfume, cream, etc.), which can often also cause unpleasant reactions. 

In addition to the most well-known causes, there are also crossed allergies, which can be subtle but bothersome. For example, an allergy to birch pollen may make a person sensitive to stone fruits and even nuts; or a grain pollen allergy may make someone sensitive to flour. Keep these risks in mind if you have allergies!

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist-owners cannot be held responsible for this information. The information was true and accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change.

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