If you are an allergy sufferer, you are probably very familiar with the symptoms of a runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and irritated throat. Although these are some of the most common symptoms of allergies, there are other less common symptoms that you may not be familiar with. Here are three unusual allergy symptoms and what you can do about alleviating them:
Paresthesia refers to an abnormal sensation that can be felt on the skin, and is often described as burning, tingling, or pricking. Allergies can cause facial nerve inflammation, and when this happens, you may notice unusual feelings over your forehead, cheeks, mouth, or chin. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can help dampen inflammation.
Certain dietary supplements, such as B vitamins and niacin, may also help improve facial nerve function; however, supplements should not be taken without consulting your healthcare provider. While allergy-related facial paresthesia is often temporary, permanent resolution can take many months.
Allergies can trigger the release of chemicals known as cytokines into your bloodstream. When high levels of cytokines are released, they can lead to body-wide inflammation and pain. If you develop unexplained neck or spinal pain, you may have allergies, even in the absence of the more common symptoms.
Prescription allergy medications may help block the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which will help eliminate your pain. Allergy testing can determine which substances you are sensitive to, so your doctor can recommend the most effective allergy treatment to manage your symptoms.
If you develop nausea or diarrhea, it may be a sign of two different types of allergies. Seasonal allergies, as well as food allergies, can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms. Seasonal allergies can lead to post nasal drip, which causes sinus drainage to slip down your throat and into your stomach.
When bacteria-laden, thick sinus discharge reaches your stomach, it can cause inflammation of the stomach lining, nausea, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. To help minimize post nasal drip and resultant stomach symptoms, drink plenty of water to thin out nasal secretions, and try to irrigate your sinuses with saline solution. Diphenhydramine can also help prevent post nasal drip, and may even help with nausea.
If you have any of the above symptoms, see your physician to determine if you have allergies. Once your doctor discovers which substances you are sensitive to, an effective allergy-treatment plan can be implemented to help eliminate your symptoms.