Allergies are adverse reactions to specific substances. These substances aren’t harmful to the majority of people, but some people they do affect and they have an allergic response.

Common causes of allergic reactions include:

  • Grass and tree pollen (hay fever)
  • Food
  • Dust mites
  • Animal skin or hair

If you think that you might have an allergy you should seek advice from a doctor and discuss your concerns.


Symptoms of allergic reactions include:

  • Itchy red and sore eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Asthma
  • Dry, red or cracked skin
  • Sneezing
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Itchy red rash (urticaria)
  • Swelling (face, eyes, lips or tongue)
  • Stomach pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Should you be suffering with any of these symptoms singularly or in combination, you can see a doctor and get diagnosed.

Unmanaged or unidentified allergies can cause a threat to your health and you should ensure that if you suspect that you may be allergic that you explore this with a medical professional as soon as you are able.

See a Doctor

If you have a serious allergic reaction you may experience swelling of the throat, difficulty swallowing or breathing, a fall in blood pressure and weakness, collapsing or becoming unconscious. Contact the emergency services by dialling 999 in these instances. It is safer to see a doctor before you experience a severe reaction to an allergy you may have.