Allergy Causes

What’s Causing Your Allergic Reactions?

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Your body is trying to tell you something, but you’re not how to translate that message. Allergic reactions, which come in many shapes, forms, and levels of severity, are clues your body gives that it is having trouble with one or several allergens.

By ignoring your allergies, you will continue to suffer from allergic reactions, risk them worsening, and never find relief.

Allergies can cause you to experience a combination of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Tingling
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Skin flaking

These symptoms complicate your life and make work, spending time with family, relaxing, eating, and sleeping all difficult to complete and enjoy. You do not need to “tough it out” or fight through it alone. You deserve to be pain and worry free from your allergies.

Causes of Allergies in Illinois

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What are Allergies?

Your immune system fights for you. It attacks things that it believes are harmful to your body, including hazardous organisms. An allergy occurs when your immune system encounters something it has a sensitive reaction to. This reaction is caused by your body producing antibodies, which perceive an allergen as harmful to your body.

Common substances your body can have an allergic reaction to include:

  • Types of food
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Insects (stings)
  • Dust
  • Molds
  • Medications

When your body reacts to these allergens, you experience symptoms (explained below). Allergies are atypical, and the majority of people do not react to the list of potential allergens above.

Allergies to springtime pollen and outdoor triggers

How do I know if I have allergies? Common Allergy Types & Symptoms

Allergies can be deceiving. What you think may be caused by a cold or allergen, may in fact be caused by something completely unexpected or a combination of several things. What you can determine are the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Symptoms from allergies can cause havoc to the following areas of your body:

  • Skin
  • Head and face
  • Sinuses
  • Airways
  • Digestive system
  • Nasal passages

Symptoms also differ based on the type of allergy you’re suffering from, which can give you clues as to what you’re allergic to. For example, if you’re suffering from allergic rhinitis, you may experience a stuffy nose, swollen eyes, itching, and sneezing. If suffering from a food allergy, you will react differently, with symptoms including from hives, tingling in the mouth, swelling, and anaphylaxis.

Other common types of allergies and reactions include:


  • Swelling (near the area that was stung)
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis


  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Facial swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis

Each allergen you’re sensitive to can cause a different type of reaction, from unrecognizable to severe. The most severe allergies are referred to as anaphylaxis, and they are life-threatening.

Are you ready to stop allergies from impacting your life? Knowing if you have allergies is the first step. To determine what allergies you have, the severity, and how to treat these allergies, schedule an appointment with Illinois Sinus Center.

Trust Illinois Sinus Center to Uncover Your Allergies and Put Your Fears to Rest

Allergies are troublesome and scary. If you’re having reactions that you believe are symptoms caused by an allergy, schedule an appointment with an Illinois Sinus Center allergy specialist. If you believe you’re having a severe allergic reaction that may be anaphylaxis, you should seek emergency medical attention. Call 911 for help.

To prevent allergic reactions from becoming emergencies, and to find a long-term solution for your allergy symptoms, schedule an appointment with the Illinois Sinus Center. Our allergy expert will take a comprehensive look at your case, diagnose your allergies, and create a treatment plan. Begin with an appointment. Schedule yours today!

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