Allergy problems occur in 1 in 3 people in Australia. It has approximately doubled in the last 30 years.

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to inhaled or skin allergens include:
  • Itchy, watery eyes problems
  • Sneezing allergy problems
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sinusitis
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Snoring
  • Rashes
  • Feeling tired or ill
  • Hives (a rash with raised red patches)
  • Food allergies An allergic reaction to food allergens can also cause stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhoea.
  • Insect stings. The allergic reaction to a sting from a bee or other insect causes local swelling, redness, and pain.

The severity of an allergic reaction’s symptoms can vary widely:
  • Mild symptoms may be almost unnoticeable, just making you feel a little “off.”
  • Moderate symptoms can make you feel ill, as if you’ve got a cold or even the flu.
  • Severe allergic reactions are extremely uncomfortable, and incapacitating.

The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. In anaphylaxis, allergens cause a whole-body allergic reaction that can include:
  • Difficult/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Swelling or tightness in the throat
  • Difficulty talking or hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Persistent dizziness or collapse
  • Pale and floppy (especially in young children)

Anaphylaxis is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms can progress rapidly, so call 000 immediately if there’s any suspicion of anaphylaxis.

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