what are the most common types of allergies

There are many different types of allergies, and the specific allergens that a person is allergic to can vary greatly. Some of the most common types of allergies include:

Allergic Rhinitis – This is a swelling and inflammation of the nasal passage, congestion, sneezing, and itchy/ watery eyes. Rhinitis is caused by a variety of outdoor and indoor allergens.

Sinusitis – is an infection of the sinuses caused by rhinitis or asthma. Half of all chronic sinusitis is not caused by allergies.

Asthma – is the inflammation of the lungs and airway that constrict the bronchial tubes. Asthma can result in wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing

Food Allergies – Is an intolerance to such foods as peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and more. Food allergies can cause Anaphylaxis which can be a mild or life-threatening reaction to foods.

Drug allergies – Some people can develop an allergic reaction to certain medications, such as antibiotics or painkillers.

Insect allergies – Some people can develop an allergic reaction to the venom from the sting of an insect, such as bees, wasp, hornets, yellow jackets or fire ants  and this is one of the most dangerous allergic reaction that can cause death if not treated right away with an Epi-Pen and/or hospital treatment.

Non-stinging insects can also cause allergic reactions. The most common are cockroaches and the insect-like dust mite. Allergies to these two insects may be the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma.

Skin allergies – These can be triggered by contact with certain substances, such as poison ivy or nickel, and can cause symptoms such as itching, redness, and rash.

Latex allergy – Usually, it is an allergy to the powder residue that coats the latex such as natural rubber latex gloves, balloons, condoms and other natural rubber products. This powder residue can also become airborne. An allergy to latex can be a serious health risk.

Drug Allergies – This is a reaction to a drug like penicillin, that can cause symptoms like hives.

Mold Allergy – mold can grow in many places, places that are usually damp like basements, bathrooms and more. Allergic reactions to mold can be year-round.

Pet Allergies – Allergies to pets with fur are common. A person with a pet allergy can be sensitive to pet urine, saliva or dander.

Pollen Allergy – Pollen is one of the most common allergens that trigger seasonal allergy symptoms.

It is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the specific allergens that may be causing symptoms and to develop a plan to manage the allergies. This may include avoiding exposure to the allergens, taking medications to relieve symptoms, or undergoing allergy shots (immunotherapy).