Allergy Symptoms Reference

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Allergy Symptoms Reference


There are 4 types of Allergies:

For your convenience, the allergy testing and nutrition counseling service at Essential Health Solutions in Chicago has put together this handy reference detailing each of these 4 types of allergies, including not only the common symptoms associated with each, but also common causes and conditions typically involving each allergy type.

TYPE I - Triggers the production of histamine which can produce a wide array of symptoms ranging from mild to severe, as well as an assortment of secondary symptoms.

Symptoms commonly include:

  • MILD --
    • sneezing
    • coughing
    • runny nose
    • congestion
    • itchy and watery eyes
    • sore throat
    • hives
    • cramps
    • nausea and vomiting
    • shortness of breath
  • SEVERE --
    • anaphylactic shock
    • swelling of the tongue, lips, and throat
    • suffocation
    • death
    • fatigue
    • muscle and joint pain
    • headaches
    • depression and other mood disorders
    • dizziness
    • gastrointestinal upset.

Causes commonly include:

  • inhalation of an allergen
  • ingestion of an allergen
  • physical contact with an allergen

Conditions that may involve Type I allergic reactions include:

  • rhinitis (hay fever)
  • allergic conjunctivitis
  • asthma
  • eczema

TYPE II - Reactive Antibody - Triggers an immune response similar to that of a bacteria, virus or other pathogen.

Symptoms commonly include:

  • cell and tissue damage

Causes commonly include:

  • hypersensitivity to drugs, like Penicillin

Conditions that may involve Type II delayed allergies include:

  • Coombs'-positive hemolytic anemias
  • hyperacute graft rejection of an organ transplant
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Goodpasture's syndrome (or anti-glomerular basement membrane disease)

TYPE III - Immune Complex: Similar to a Type II reaction, except it may be triggered by either an external antigen (i.e. a foreign substance) or if the body starts to attack its own cells.

Symptoms commonly include:

  • inflammation
  • hives
  • rash
  • painful joints

Causes commonly include:

  • hypersensitivity to antibiotics

Conditions that may involve Type III delayed allergies include:

  • cryoglobulinemia
  • serum sickness
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • many types of glomerulonephritis

TYPE IV - T-Cell Mediated: A hypersensitivity that only occurs when the antigen comes in direct contact with the skin. Hence it's often known as a "Contact Allergy".

Symptoms commonly include:

  • inflammation
  • hives
  • rash

Causes commonly include:

  • poison ivy
  • latex
  • chemicals
  • physical contact with food (not ingestion)

Conditions that may involve Type IV delayed allergies include:

  • tuberculosis
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • allograft rejection

Feeling Well and Being Healthy is within Reach! 

Call Essential Health Solutions at 773.878.7330 to set up allergy testing in our Chicago office today. This can be followed up by individualized nutrition counseling with one of our Chicago nutritionists.

Serving the 60640 area, our office is located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, right off Lincoln Square. There's free parking on the street by our building and in a small lot at the north end.