The Different Types of Allergies


Sometimes allergies are annoying if not very uncomfortable. It has little to no effect in most cases but there are people who take it severely. It is important that you know what you are allergic to because it can determine how you live your life. Allergies are a result of your immune system hypersensitivity.

Many Singaporeans have suffered from different types of allergies. In fact some do not even know they have an allergy. It is important that you know what you are allergic from because it can interfere with your day to day activities or worse, it can lessen the quality of your life. Here are the different types of allergies:

Food allergy

The most common type of allergy is food. It is estimated to affect four to six percent of children’s population. In the case of adults, it affects four percent. This type is common to children but it can appear at any age. Of all food, the most common types that account for ninety percent of allergy include soy, wheat, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish and tree nuts.

Dust allergy

Dust allergy can be life threatening because it can make breathing difficult plus it can activate asthma symptom like shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. The dust can also make you itchy. This allergy happens in other people’s home or worse – your own home. Triggers include cockroaches, pollen, dust mites and pet hairs.

Eye allergy

Eye allergy is not that common but it can happen to anyone who formed hypersensitivity to indoor and outdoor allergens and irritants like smoke and exhaust. Symptoms include itching, watery discharge, redness and burning of the eyes. Some ignore eye allergy because they are thinking it can be a nasal allergy.

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis affects many Singaporeans without them knowing. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and mouth. If you haven’t heard about it, perhaps hay fever is familiar to you. It can be two forms – seasonal and perennial.



Drug allergy

Perhaps drug allergy is one of the most serious kinds of allergy since you will form hypersensitivity from all drugs regardless of its form whether it is a pill, liquid and injectable. Symptoms include swelling, skin rashes and wheezing. Common triggers include penicillin, aspirin, anticonvulsants and more. The best way to diagnose this is to conduct a skin test or a drug triggers. Do not forget to mention any allergies to your doctor.

There are more allergies that you should know about. It is crucial that you know which allergies you have and always disclose it.