Allergy Symptoms

by Allergy Guy

Allergy symptoms can be hard to relate to a specific allergy.

This section provides a list of allergy symptoms and their descriptions, to help you identify and understand specific health issues.

Most are allergy, gluten or celiac related, but some are related to other health issues.

A single symptom rarely indicates a specific disease. More often, it is a group of symptoms and other circumstances.

The funny thing about allergies and sensitivities is that a group of people can have a reaction to exactly the same food, but all have a different reaction.

This seems to be especially true for delayed reactions.

This is especially true with allergies, where different people may have the same symptoms, but different allergies, or the same allergy but different symptoms.

Symptoms Definition


Symptoms are the specific experiences you feel when you are sick. Some may be visible, such as a rash, others may be invisible, such as pain or brain-fog.

Symptoms are considered to be those experiences noticeable by the patient, for example, brain fog.. A sign is also visible to others, such as a rash.

A set of symptoms together are often typical of a specific disease.

For delayed-onset allergies, this is often not the case. Each patient may experience a set of symptoms specific only to them.

Allergy Symptoms List


Here is a list of allergy symptoms. Note that most people with allergies will not get all of these symptoms. You may only have one or two, you may have quite a long list.

Also, having several of these symptoms does not automatically mean you have an allergy. You are advised to see a doctor to make a definite determination.

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Achiness
  • Acid Reflux
  • Acne
  • Anaemia
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Attention And Behavioral Problems
  • Autism
  • Belching
  • Candidasis
  • Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Constricted Throat
  • Cough
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Depression Aggravated Or Worsened By Food Allergies
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Eczema
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Fatigue After Meals
  • Fluctuating Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Feels Like plugged Ears)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Gas
  • Headaches
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal Problems
  • Iron-Deficiency Anaemia
  • Irritability
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy Eyelids
  • Koilonychia
  • Laryngeal Edema
  • Meniere’s Disorder
  • Mental Confusion
  • Mental Dullness
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Mood Swings
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Muscle Spasms, Soreness Or Weakness
  • Myalgia
  • Nausea
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Rash
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Runny Nose
  • Short Stature In Children
  • Sinus Or Migraine Headaches
  • Sinus Problems
  • Skin Problems
  • Sleep Apnea Or Insomnia
  • Spastic Colon
  • Swelling
  • Tinnitus (With Normal Hearing And Other Causes Ruled Out)
  • Ulcers
  • Upper Repository Tract Problems (Sustains, Glue Ear)
  • Urticaria (Hives)
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Fluctuations
  • Weight Loss

External Links


Wikipedia on symptoms

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1 Kris March 15, 2013 at 19:20

I work in a micro-brewery and when my husband comes to visit me at work and have a beer, he becomes nauseous and dizzy and develops a severe headache. At first it was just when he drank the beer, but now he can’t stay in the building for more than a few minutes without getting sick. The symptoms all last for at least 24 hours. Any clue to what’s going on?

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2 Allergy Guy March 15, 2013 at 22:36

What happens when he drinks beer at home (or anywhere else)? What about other alcohol?
How does he feel generally? Ask him to think about how he felt five years ago, any difference?

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3 Kris March 15, 2013 at 23:23

Overall he is in excellent health for his age (63). We started eating “Paleo about 4 months ago and this started soon after. We thought it was gluten sensitivity but ruled that out when he had no problem with baked goods. He can drink most bottled beer and other alcohol including wine. Just today he is having trouble in our home and car with the allergen. Apparently I am coming home with it. Any suggestions for cleaning it from my home would also be appreciated.

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4 Allergy Guy March 16, 2013 at 13:55

Well it’s hard to say. It does sound like something to do with your work.
As for keeping the allergen out of your home, you may need to undress in the laundry room and put your clothes directly into the washing machine. Also take a shower and wash your hair. This is just a guess try and see if it works. Good luck.

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5 Micro May 7, 2012 at 21:49

Having just taken Microbiology, I learned that your body can develop an allergy to something at anytime…even if it’s something you have been in contact with for 13 years. While I’m sure by now you have seen a dr concerning this, I just wanted to post this so that everyone would know that you can develop an allergy to anything at anytime…as a matter of fact, the older you get, the more likely you are to develop an allergy to something. Hope this helps!

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6 WHAT WHAT WHAT January 4, 2012 at 21:53

Allergies DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM!

Nobody knows what causes Autism. What is the source of this BS.

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7 Allergy Guy January 5, 2012 at 08:53

Some parents notice that there does seem to be a link between what their autistic children eat and their behavior. This is not necessarily an allergy, however it is an indication.

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8 Speakingwings December 23, 2011 at 09:00

Hi I have put my post here a few days ago.I’m back!I still am wondering if I have a meat allergy.I am A+ blood type.I ate spare ribs the other night and within 2o minutes I had diarreah.I ate at taco Bell last night and had nothing.I’m totally confused.Can someone please help me???

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9 Tiffany Bond October 13, 2011 at 00:44

Hello! I have had a heck of a summer. I have had 2 MRI’s, one with injectable dye, an upper endoscopy, had my nose and throat scoped, and had 2 types of tests where I had to be x-rayed while I ate and swallowed barium, and barium coated foods. I have had troubel swallowing, on my left side, for over a year now. And just this June have had constant pain on the left side of my neck where it always feels like it is pulsing and tightening up. So far my docs can’t find out the cause. Could I be allergic to something?? Anything?

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10 Allergy Guy October 14, 2011 at 10:28

If you have symptoms that no one can nail down, you can always explore the possibility that you have allergies. There’s know way of knowing for sure without trying an elimination diet and making sure your living and work areas are free of dust and mold as far as is possible. On the other hand, one can’t explain everything with allergies. You may try and get no further ahead. I do suggest you give it a go.

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11 Tiffany Bond October 19, 2011 at 22:37

Thank you! I will call my doc. and see about being tested for allergies. I have never in my life been allergic to anything, that I know of, so far, but I have heard that as you get older that can change. Do you know if ,when being tested for allergies, that they can test a bunch of stuff at once, or is it only one thing at a time?

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12 Allergy Guy October 20, 2011 at 14:26

It depends on the type of allergy test they use. Some types of allergy test are one thing at a time, but they will test you for as many items as there is time for during your visit. Other tests look for multiple allergens at the same time.

Allergy tests are not too accurate, but they are a good start. The most important thing is to listen to your body, notice what effects it. If some food bothers you, cut it out.

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13 Tiffany Bond October 20, 2011 at 19:05

Thank you! The problem with figuring out what kinds of foods could be affecting me, is that my neck is constantly hurting, and I constantly have issues swallowing on the left side, so I can’t pin point what food/foods it could be when the pain is constant no matter what I eat.

14 Jesse July 31, 2011 at 17:19

my mom has anemia and recently she’s been getting rashes all over her body for no apparent reason. From what I know, she’s not allergic to anything. Also, she finds certain food very salty, such as ham or sausages that causes her to lose her voice.

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15 nona parker June 13, 2011 at 20:56

My husband has psoriasis and has connected after many years the drinking of certain beers with what he calls “his legs bleeding” internally. I’m thinking it’s a yeast or gluten allery. Years ago doctors put him on steroids for the “leg bleeding” I know there has to be something else to do….any thoughts where to turn who to talk to?

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16 Allergy Guy June 14, 2011 at 09:49

It is unfortunate that many doctors take a band aide solution to health problems – dealing with the symptoms rather than the cause.

Steroids are not health-promoting, although they are useful to deal with certain acute problems. This should be a short-term solution.

Long-term, your husband may have to cut out beer. If yeast or gluten are the problem, the beer, all by itself, is not completely responsible as he likely eats lots of foods with yeast and gluten, but beer could be pushing him over the edge. Or it could be something else about the beer.

I suggest that he consults an allergist and mean while avoids beer if that’s what he thinks is the problem.

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17 Sarah May 22, 2011 at 12:05

Hey. my mom had a sudden allergic reaction. She has rashes all over her body, has frequent stomach burn. She said she didn’t do anything abnormal the day she got it, how can we figure out what’s causing it?

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18 Allergy Guy May 22, 2011 at 13:26

With a symptom like stomach burn, I suspect food.

People often develop allergies, so it is likely food she has been eating for a long time. Unfortunately, we often become allergic to our favourite foods. I suggest an elimination diet as a good starting point.

Of course it may not be an allergy, so if she continues with symptoms, it may be worth visiting a doctor.

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19 Sue April 8, 2011 at 02:35

I have been suffering from bad stomach pains, migraine, heartburn, weight increase, dizziness, blurred vision, pain under the arms. My doctor wants to send me for a scan on my stomach and says that my hypothyroidism has got worse and has put up the dose, having done a full blood test, also for stomach ulcers. However, I have never had bad stomach problems with my low thyroid before. I have now cut out wheat, felt better yesterday, but today it is back again. I am also vegetarian, is there anything you can point me to for help with this? What should I eat?

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20 Allergy Guy April 8, 2011 at 09:43

There is a link between thyroid and wheat: celiac disease. This link is often over-looked, but given your stomach problems, you may have clasic cleiac symptoms.

Celiac is a reaction to gluten, you have to cut out more than just wheat.

Also, it take s time to heal. Even if it isn’t celiac, you need time for it to clear out of your system.

1) Cut out all gluten, not just wheat.
2) Follow a strict gluten-free diet for at least three months.
3) Get tested for celiac ASAP. Some tests are less effective or useless if you’ve been on a GF diet for too long

See also:

celiac disease
Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease
Gluten Free Diet and Celiac Disease Self-Diagnosis

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21 BETTY BORGLI March 22, 2011 at 04:33

reaction to CLADOSPORIUM in in house ventilation systems
is there any info. on that. and what does one do about it, apart from change house,

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22 Allergy Guy March 22, 2011 at 11:30

Have you had the ventilation system cleaned?

I assume it is living in the air conditioner, as the heating system should dry it out. In this case you need the inside air exchanger for the air conditioner cleaned.

You also have to make sure the filters work properly, otherwise dust will build up on the heat exchanger, get wet from condensation, and grow mold.

See also Cladosporium on this website.

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23 Guest March 3, 2011 at 19:54

Family member has symptoms of coughing during and after eating. Generaly it is productive cough with phlem that is clear. Can’t tolerate rice. Just starting to keep a food diary so not sure what foods are worse. This person also has sensitivity to fragrances, candles, shampoos, lotions, soaps etc. We have been dealing with that for a while but the coughing after eating seems to be getting worse and worrisome. Any suggestions?

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24 Helen Thompson April 30, 2010 at 17:11

I have never suffered from an allergy or intolerance that I know of, however recently I have been getting indigestion, heartburn, bad reflux and belching after eating things for my breakfast i.e marmite on toast. Can somebody tell me does this sound like a slight yeast intolerance? Thank you…

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25 Allergy Guy May 1, 2010 at 21:01

One can’t say for sure just by your description, but it is possible.

Try cutting yeast and sugar (sugar drives yeast) from your diet and see what happens.

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26 Florida esta sikolia December 7, 2009 at 02:32

vinegar allergy

my husband has been eating foods with vinegar for the past 13years. Last week after dinner he reacted with tongue and parts of his face swelling,was injected and got better. The doctor who was treating him said that he’d have died hadn’t he gone to hospital immediately. What is happening to him?

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27 admin December 8, 2009 at 13:48

Could be many things …

I’m sure your husband had more than just vinegar for dinner!

Most likely it was something else that he ate (if it wasn’t an airborne allergen).

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28 Guest December 22, 2009 at 21:42

my sister is deathly

my sister is deathly allergic to vinegar. Her throat swells shut after eating anything with vinegar. She can touch vinegar and her hands will swell. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not allergic to vinegar. It is your life not theirs

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29 Guest January 11, 2010 at 14:58

Hi. I am allergic to onion

Hi. I am allergic to onion and garlic. If you put either of these things in vinegar, they become deadly to me. Go to your doctor and try to find the cause. In my case, I had to go to an allergist and have a blood test to discover the cause. Onions and Garlic! Hope this helps.

May God bless you and your family
TN girl

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30 Una June 6, 2012 at 20:25

The same thing happened to me. I loved vinegar but around my 40th birthday it started making me flush and the roof of my mouth to swell. I ate it only occasionally after that. Then once I drank some and about an hour later was in agony with severe cramps, chest pain, vomitting , shakiness and I could hardly breathe. I called 911 who didnt believe I was having a vingar allergy. After a few hours at the hospital and lots of water my reaction calmed down and I was fine. I haven’t eaten any since.

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31 Allergy Guy October 21, 2011 at 07:20

First of all, the neck pain may have nothing to do with allergies. Have you tried massage therapy? Possibly you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD).

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32 Tiffany Bond October 22, 2011 at 14:40

I have not tried that. I will talk it over with my doctor. She seems to think that I need to see a nuerologist, again. But I am up to my eyes in bills for all these expensive tests, and only one has shown anything, but not enough for them to tell me what is wrong. I’ll talk to her about TMJD/TMD. Thank you for all of your advice!!

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