Allergy Symptoms: some common ones

by Allergy Guy

Allergy symptoms, I seem to have them! Could it be that I might have allergies? you might ask yourself.

This is a good question because it is easy to assume that your symptoms might be an allergy when it isn’t, or isn’t an allergy when it may well be.

Allergy symptoms are the clues that indicate that your immune system is reacting to allergens.

There are many clues which might indicate allergies, but they are often extremely hard to read. Just because one person has certain symptoms, does not mean to say that someone else with those symptoms is allergic to the same thing, or in deed anything at all. Two people with the same allergy may have different symptoms.

Here are a list of symptoms to look out for. Just one or two symptoms may or may not mean anything. If you have several symptoms that don’t make sense when taken together, it could be an indication that you have allergies. There could be other causes as well of course.

Feel free to leave a comment with any symptoms missing here.




* There are conflicting views as to whether eczema is an allergy symptom or not.


Note: See the Bristol Stool Scale to evaluate different types of stool. Not pretty, but when you notice, you should know.



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1 Cheryl Karlgaard January 12, 2015 at 14:27

i know that I am allergic to hornets and wasps and am getting allergy shots to alleviate my sensitivity to their venom.
But I also am getting a skin rash on my neck, which I suspect may be a food allergy. Sometimes it burns and/or itches. Sometimes it’s just there. It’s like an eczema or sometimes like hives. I don’t think it’s psoriasis, but it could be. When I was a teen-ager I had psoriasis on my scalp. I am suspecting grapes and/or wine right now. Just wondering if I’m on the right track.


2 Shawna Mitchell December 10, 2013 at 15:41

I have struggled with food allergies for over 20 years with my most “drastic” and life-threatening symptoms from pork and lesser symptoms from msg. In the past year I have recognized I have had (probably for many years)an allergy to palm oil, As I read the list of “symptoms” and realize I have suffered with 29 of the ones you listed ,(memory & confusion being the most painful) as well as fever blister type sores, and they have impacted every aspect of my life. I feel relief , sadness, and overwhelm. I’ve discovered palm oil is not only in the food I’ve been eating , but also the health and beauty products I’ve been using. It has so many different “names” it’s labeled under, many of which don’t have the word “palm” in them. Thank you for the information you are sharing.


3 Allergy Guy December 20, 2013 at 17:00

Thanks for sharing Shawna.
If you don’t mind sharing some of the alternate names for palm oil, I’d be happy to write an article about it to help others.


4 Kimberly July 22, 2013 at 19:04

Good evening,
A quick question. What would cause one to cough up phlegm after eating? Everything i eat makes me cough up phlegm. Cooked food with spices, cooked food without spices, But not as much without like it is with. Diary of all kinds. It’s just weird. What could be causing this. Please help..


5 Lorraine February 26, 2013 at 08:17

I have been feeling unwell for ages and just lately I have been experiencing itchy feet and hands ,! also a mild headache and nausea. Then last night I ate four bags of wotsits a few hours later I woke with the most horrendous headache , nausea ,sore throat and itching all over I took a antihistamine for this and went back to sleep this morning headache still there ,mildly but itching still want to rip skin off body . Do you think this could be an allergy ,I have been showing a number of different symptoms for years but this is the most violent reaction I have had.


6 Allergy Guy February 26, 2013 at 18:39

Hi Lorraine,

What you describe could be an allergy, you might be on the right track. It may not be an allergy technically, but you may be reacting to something in your food. See for more ideas about working out if this is actually an allergy or intolerance, and how to find out which foods, if it is caused by foods, might be causing the problem.


7 titziana December 14, 2012 at 05:46

hi , i have just been diagnoed with chronic allergie, but what is triggering them i still dont know. reactions include stuffy nose, itchy eyes, swollen throat glands, bad cough ( not dry) and stuffy nose and headaches, could this be related to a wheat allergy ?


8 Allergy Guy December 14, 2012 at 11:00

The problem with allergy symptoms is that they are related to the body’s response to an allergy, not the cause of the allergy. Having said that, the symptoms you describe are more likely to be related to an air-borne allergen, like dust, mold, pollen etc. It is possible that it’s a food allergy as well. You will have to try to remove yourself from as many potential allergens as possible and see if you get better.


9 Melissa August 2, 2012 at 17:13

I notice a dull achey feeling in my limbs that travel from hips or shoulders out and hover around joints after ingesting kombucha, sugar, red leaf lettuce and other foods that I have not identified yet and sometimes a general heavy feeling like I just want to go lie down. Cacao gives me a delayed reaction. The day after having a significant enough portion to feel the good theobromine effects I feel depressed and heavy.


10 lisa durensky November 27, 2012 at 10:56

Dear Sheri Sutton,
I know you posted a while ago. But hospitals have very good ventalation and heavy filters, the idea that she cleared up by going to the hospital is a good indication that it was the underlining cause. I would install an air filteration kit in your home and buy the machine one too. You can find some cheap at a thrift store.


11 Susan Murray July 20, 2012 at 12:16

Hi there,
I have recently started getting some type of reaction or alergy which seems to be a cold, it starts with sore throat and dry clearing of throat, it’s not a cold and I dont ache at all.
We have exhibited and bred spaniels for 10 years now and since moving away from a warm climate to a damp cliamate and a smaller home that is also carpeted I seem to get these symptoms almost every 2 weeks.
My dogs do get bathed but they don’t go out as much as they used to do in Africa, I have bought a de humidifier for the bedroom but I still get these symptoms and I am wondering if this is Pet dander that is causing this, I have never been alergic to my animals in the past but I do know this can change anytime, is there anything I can take for this?
We also spray carpets/bedding and the dogs too in between bathing.
I am not on any type of medication but do take natural remedies such as Antioxidants (started today) and also Q10 (started 15 days ago) apart from that I take normal multivitamins etc, is there anything I can take more on the natural remedies for this apart from getting rid of my beautiful show dogs?(joke) this is very uncomfortable at times !!!
I would love advice here if possible !!!



12 Allergy Guy July 22, 2012 at 15:13

Can’t give you any definitive answers, but would look at the dampness factor. Could be caused by mold growing in any number of places (between walls, damp basement, carpets, in bathroom etc.) There could be other causes but based on what you said, mold seems the most likely. See Mold Allergy article.


13 Annabel May 20, 2012 at 12:40

HI there,

I wonder if you can help me, I have been cutting down on eating bread – as to lose weight. But when i do have a sneaky piece my face feels like it is puffing up around my cheeks and eyes – i don;t think it actually is, but it feels like that straight after I eat a piece. Toast isn’t so bad. And I only notice it the 1st time i have a piece after a couple of days of not eating it.
Do you think I have an allergy? I don’t know. Thanks


14 Allergy Guy May 20, 2012 at 14:06

Well, that is a bit odd, if those are the only symptoms you have.

How long do you cut out bread at a time before sneaking some? Do you cut out other forms of wheat and gluten in your diet? It can be in all sorts of things – sauces, soups, all sorts of processed foods, the list is endless.

How is the bread-free diet working to loose weight?


15 Annabel May 20, 2012 at 15:10

Hi, Firstly thank you for your reply. It depends how long, I cut it out for about 3 weeks until today and the whole puffy cheeks feeling came. However, I have been mainly eating a more protein diet. I don’t eat sauces or many processed foods. I do however eat fresh pre-made soup (like the covent garden ones).
Yeah I think it defiantly makes me feel better not eating the bread, I feel more energetic for sure. I just get tempted by it sometimes when everyone else eats it. I have started to lose weight while not consuming it as much.


16 Allergy Guy May 20, 2012 at 22:25

To really know if you have a wheat or gluten allergy, you really have to cut out all wheat (or all gluten, which inclues a few more food groups) for at least 6 to 8 weeks. Before that, you may see only a partial improvement.

In other words, you have to diligently cut out all wheat-containing foods and cut them out for longer before you can know if you really have a problem or not.

After that, you can decide, based on symptoms, if it is worth the effort of avoiding all wheat or not.

Having more energy is a big advantage and for me, that alone is worth the hassle of avoiding wheat.

Hope that helps


17 sheri sutton May 17, 2012 at 00:45

Hi again. im back with a new problem again concerning my 3yr old granddaughter, who has been allergy tested, with only mold coming back as a high allergian. Before now, she had been showing very obvious allergy symptoms. The problem now is SKIN RASHES!! Constantly. mainly these rashes at first look closely like a bug bite,red with a small welp, with a very tiny blister center. upon scratching and therefore busting the center open, the bump usually has a yellowish crust. these usually pop up in patches, rarely on feet, hands,neck,back or face. mainly on arms, stomach, leg. she has been to the dr several times over this. their first diagnosis is most often SCABIES(?) then after a few days we have to return tio dr because rash hasnt gotten better or worsens. then dr says CONTACT DERMITITIS. always this what is diagnosed as. seems prescribed meds not what makes it better, but time. what could this be?? we have tried laundry soaps, soaps,etc. trying to figure this out thru elimination process with no please help!!


18 Allergy Guy May 18, 2012 at 10:09

Hi Sheri,

That’s a tough one. I have pretty much the same thing – it was really bad a few years ago and is now more or less under control. I had to use steroids at first to control it (sure don’t like using them) and was able to use less and less over time. I also found it important to moisturize the skin. I’ve found pure shea butter to help or bees wax cream.

Almost anything could be causing it. No point acting a doctor, most of them don’t have a clue and write a script for steroids (which helps clear up symptoms, but then becomes ineffective over time).

It could be contact dermititis, but as far as I can tell it could be from any kind of allergy – dust, mold etc., or food.

Swimming in the ocean a lot helped me (which I don’t often have access to) – so maybe try a salt bath.


19 allen May 2, 2012 at 12:16

Please help. I keep having attacks usually at night. It starts with intense stomach pain followed with diahrrea and vomiting along with slight breathing difficulty and itchy palms and soles of feet. It will last long enough for my system to completely empty and then it is over. The last time it happened i took benadryl and noticed it helped me feel much better. This presents several hours after eating and the pain is so intense i sometimes lose consciousness
The doctors are treating me for an ulcer which i completely disagree with. I have started taking a daily zyrtec and am going to eliminate wheat products from my dietand see if it happens again. Any advice or thoughts you have would help. Thank you.


20 Allergy Guy May 2, 2012 at 12:52

It sounds like you suspect food allergies or you wouldn’t be at this site. See Elimination Diet and related links at bottom for some ideas.

Gluten allergy or celiac disease are also possible, there is lots of information on this site to help you with these.


21 Katherine May 2, 2012 at 10:53

I had an allergic reaction with swelling in my lips and around my mouth that sent me to the ER. I was tested years ago and found I was allergic to pecans. I have however eaten them before with no problems. I ate some and I seemed to have a delayed reaction. IS that possible?


22 Allergy Guy May 2, 2012 at 12:46

It is possible to develop allergies, so just because you ate pecans in the past doesn’t mean you can now!

And yes, delayed reactions are common, although often overlooked by doctors in their narrow definition of an allergy. Many are starting to widen this as the become current with modern thinking.


23 Alex Dilworth April 25, 2012 at 04:02

I had some difficulty breathing especially at night and thought it may be bronchitis and had read taking ginger would clear up chest problems. I bought a jar of minced ginger and took about 3 teaspoons over the day for 2 days, the third day my right eye started having flashes and it felt like I had cobwebs or long streaks of thin string, for a better word straking accross my eye affecting my vision. It worried me driving home. I am not on any medication and this is the only thing I was taking, could it be the ginger. My wheezing and cough has stopped but this eye problem has me worried.


24 Allergy Guy April 25, 2012 at 08:44

Some people report having a ginger allergy, so you might try cutting the ginger and using honey and lemon for the cough instead.


25 Cranston February 24, 2012 at 21:06

I have allergies to latex. Is it possible vitamins and herbs that are in capsules could have latex or something close to it in th eactual cpasule?


26 sheri sutton November 11, 2011 at 10:20

i have a 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter that has had allery test, which came back for an allergy to FUSARIUM MOLD. she had been really sick for the first 6 months of her life, with constant colds, nasal running, severe congestion,even with fever. but as soon as we take her to the dr.or hospital, the symptoms would almost be totally gone!! ok, my question is: could this also be why she has dark rings under her eyes, and seems to be more hyper(giving that she also in terrible twos)plus, her sleep patterns are completly off. we just moved into a new home, so we dont know if its the mold allergy(we see and can smell mold under sinks bad)or if we should chaulk it up as the stress of the move, but she has had the same cold like symptoms since the move, with the new ones also. please help.


27 Allergy Guy November 13, 2011 at 23:10

I can’t give you a definitive answer on that Sheri, but it seems possible if not likely.

Do what you can to get rid of the mold. Likely there is a leak in the plumbing or around the sink (spilled water on the counter getting under the sink or a poor seal between the facet and the sink). Also make sure your basement is dry and clean. See if you can find a local expert who can look for mold in your home and tell you how to fix it, but fix the obvious (to you) problems first.


28 Bonita Poulin November 14, 2011 at 13:57

Those can all be allergy symptoms. Mold is nothing to live with. It can be very dangerous and needs to be eliminated. Theives oil in a diffuser can remove spores from the air once the main culprit has been corrected and cleaned up. IF your child’s symptoms clear when leaving thne house than the problem is definitely at home.


29 kathy October 16, 2011 at 11:17

About 6 weeks ago coworker put a lot of mothsballs outside of office. Snakes had been seen. I came back from lunch had a horrible reaction to the odor coming through air vents. Went to beach that weekend carpet had been sprayed with something that took my breath and make me feel horrible until the odor was gone. Since then Ive had shortness of breath heaviness in chest fatigue. Doc sent me for chest xray neg. had stress test Friday. Can I suddenly have developed allergies. I am 65 yrs old. Could the mothballs have triggered anything. Thank you this is driving me crazy.


30 Allergy Guy October 17, 2011 at 09:20

I’m not a doctor so I can’t give you any definitive answers.

Moth balls are poisonous, the person who put them near an air intake is irresponsible and possibly criminally negligent, and stupid to boot. Mothballs are meant to be put in with stored clothing in a sealed container or bag, not out in the open where the vapors can be inhaled.

I’d see a doctor about the toxic effects of mothballs.

I suspect your lungs are sensitive. You need to do something to help them heal, and it doesn’t sound like your current doctor is doing much about it.


31 Bonita Poulin October 17, 2011 at 12:15

These reactions sound like chemical sensitivities. This happens when we have too many chemical exposures and your body can no longer deal with them. An allergist would be useless and would probably say it’s all in your head. An environmental or orthomolecular doctor would be helpful, as well as alternative practitioners. I’d say you are one exposure away from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, where you react to all kinds of chemicals at low doses others don’t even notice. Be very carefull. It is life altering and no fun! I know because I am disabled by MCS after working in a chemical factory for 10 years. You need to avoid chemicals as much as possible. Clean up your own environment and use products that are as close to nature as possible. We do all our household cleaning with baking soda, borax and vinegar, including the laundry. Get those mothballs removed as soon as possible too! You should also avoid all processed foods to avoid pesticides, preservatives, artificial flavours and colours, GM ingredients etc. and eat only whole, organic foods. You should also do some detoxing to get the chemicals out of your body. Hot epson salt baths are an economical way to achieve this. Sweating is ideal for detoxing. Take lots of chlorella and vitamin C to help chelate heavy metals and toxins etc. If you can lower your total body burden of heavy metals and chemicals, you will be able to tolerate exposures without reactions, but you should still always be careful. If you do all these things you might prevent getting any worse and might be able to salvage a normal life. I wish someone had told me all this back when these things were just starting for me. Good luck!


32 mary brickner October 25, 2012 at 12:28

VERY WELL SAID. Have a wonderful Blessed day. mary


33 Bonita Poulin September 2, 2011 at 20:50

Where were you and what were you doing or had you just done before you noticed the symptom. What was going on around you?


34 Shelley September 1, 2011 at 15:12

I’m having what feels like an allergic reaction to something, but I don’t know what. Several times a week I get an itchy feeling at the base of my throat & top of scalp. The itch is internal. Typically happens in the afternoon, lasts 20-30 minutes and is of varying severity. I cannot relate it to any specific food or household item. I saw an allergist, but didn’t test allergic to anything on the “standard” panel of allergens. Does anyone have an idea of what might be causing this?


35 Renee August 26, 2011 at 13:20

Try this on for size. Allergic to: Coconuts, coconut oil, (commonly found in foods and personal care products) causes skin itching, sometimes with rash, severe throat and nasal mucous membrane itching and flu-like malaise. Helium- found this one out at a birthday party playing with balloonscauses Itchy nose and throat. Christmas trees- suffered for three straight holiday seasons with headache, stuffy nose, sinus pain and pressure before I figured this one out. Chinese privet in bloom- causes me to have hay fever like reaction- along with itchy patches on my knees and knuckles. And some as yet undiscovered something that causes the same thing in the fall along with asthma flareup. Milk- causes my skin to break out and extreme production of mucous. Moth balls- causes runny nose, severe respiratory and eye irritation. Flea bites. Mango, Poison Ivy, dust, several cosmetics and skin products that are supposed to be hypo allergenic, and possibly mold. And Im sure there is something Im leaving out. Best thing to do is avoid dairy except hard cheeses, which dont seem to cause a problem. Avoid gluten. Avoid sugars. Eat fruits and veggies. And mostly plant based diet, excercise regularly and get as much sleep as humanly possible, and keep the house as dry as possible by running a humidifier. Antihistamines do little for me. Seems like the more I use them the more allergies I develop. And read labels to make sure there is no coconut in anything. Its so annoying, but at least I dont have such severe reaction thus far as to be deadly, so thank God for that.


36 Tina August 7, 2011 at 20:12

My son was diagnosed with a Class 1 Wheat allergy and a Class 2 Pork and potato allergy. He hasn’t had any allergic reactions to these items, at least none that was noticeble. He does get blisters (canker sores type) in his mouth, could that be an allergic reaction? Do I need to eliminate these items from his diet or is it safe to let him continue consuming them?


37 Georgia July 4, 2011 at 19:22

Am I allergic to doritos? yars ago on christmas eve I had a fe tangy cheese doritos then imdetly after my tounge startd to swll and I found it hard to breath. I couldnt eat for days after because it really hurt my tounge (I missed christmas dinner=( )could it be an allergy. It also happens when ieat ny kind of tortilla chips but not crisps. if it is an allergy then hat ius it that im allrgic too? Sorry for bad spelling


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