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This article provides basic information about allergic reactions. This information is only for guidance; individuals not trained in medical care should always consult a licensed doctor with questions.
 Assessing Health, Promoting Wellness: Allergic Reactions


This article provides basic information about allergic reactions. This information is only for guidance; individuals not trained in medical care should always consult a licensed doctor with questions.


An allergic reaction happens when something that a person is allergic or sensitive to is:

  • Breathed
  • Eaten
  • Injected
  • Touches the skin
Allergic reactions can be mild or very serious (life threatening) and include:
  • Itching rashes, lumpy patches, or hives
  • Runny nose and itching or burning eyes
  • Irritation in the throat, difficulty breathing, or asthma
  • Allergic shock
Common causes of allergic reactions include:
  • Pollen
  • Feathers or hair from animals
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Food
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Latex
Call help if...

The person has any of the following symptoms:
  • Swollen throat or swollen areas of the body
  • Wheezing (breathing that sounds like whistling from the chest)
  • Passing out
  • Chest tightness
  • Trouble breathing
  • A hoarse voice
  • Trouble swallowing
  • A pale or red color to the face and body

An allergic reaction can be life threatening. Do not wait. Call 911!


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