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Christine 01-17-2008 07:04 PM

Allergies: Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe.
Mild Allergic Reactions

Mild allergic reactions can include:
  • Rash
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congestion
Mild reactions do not spread to other parts of the body.
Moderate Allergic Reactions

Moderate reactions can include symptoms that spread to other parts of the body, including:
  • Itchiness
  • Difficulty breathing
Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis)

Anaphylaxis is a rare, life-threatening emergency in which the body's response to the allergen is sudden and affects the whole body. It may begin with sudden itching of the eyes or face and within minutes progress to more serious symptoms, including:
  • Varying degrees of swellings that can make breathing and swallowing difficult
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mental confusion or dizziness

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