Three Categories of Allergies
Ingested vs Contact vs Inhaled Allergies
Allergic reactions happen when your immune system reacts abnormal to a number of different allergens. It causes inflammatory responses in your body that may range from mild to life-threatening. They’re generally broken down into three categories:
- Ingested allergies are food allergies, such as, cow’s milk, nuts, eggs and fruit.
- Contact allergies also known as contact dermatitis (a form of eczema), happens when an allergen touches a person’s skin, such as, shampoo, soaps, detergents, hair dyes, jewelry, waxes, polishes, etc.
- Inhaled allergies are the most common type of allergy. This is when a person breathes in an allergen, such as, pollen, pet dander, fungi, mold and dust. It affects the lungs or membranes of the nose and throat.
How to find out if you have allergies
To find out if you have any allergies, it is suggested you consult with a medical professional to perform an allergy test. Allergy test can be performed via a blood test, skin test or elimination diet test.
After allergy testing
Once you discuss with your doctor what allergens you have, you can work together to come up with an action plan to avoid them. Your doctor may also suggest medications that may ease your symptoms.