What are typical allergy symptoms?

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • sneezing, an itchy, runny or blocked nose
  • itchy, red, watering eyes
  • wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough
  • a raised, itchy, red rash
  • swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • tummy pain, feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • dry, red and cracked skin

These symptoms may vary depending on what you’re allergic to and how you have come into contact with it.

For example, you may have a runny nose if exposed to pollen, develop a rash if you have a skin allergy, or feel sick if you eat something you’re allergic to.

See a doctor if you or your child might have had an allergic reaction to something, to determine whether the symptoms are caused by an allergy or another condition.