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Other Allergy

Allergy UK also has information on other allergies such as:

  • Allergic Eye Disease
  • Venom Allergy / Allergy to Wasp and Bee Stings
  • Histamine Intolerance
  • Latex Allergy
  • Reactions to Alcohol
  • Nickel Allergy

All factsheets are downloadable at the bottom of this page.

Latex Allergy

Latex Allergy

Latex allergy in its most common form often creates irritant contact dermatitis. This is often seen in association with wearing rubber gloves, and can create eczema symptoms; itching, redness and scaling.

Symptoms

Latex allergy can cause symptoms from both contact, and inhalation of the rubber powder that can be present on latex products. Symptoms include:

  • Severe itching, urticarial and nettle rash
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness/light headedness
  • Collapsing
  • Respiratory problems if inhaled

Some more serious symptoms may also develop, and although incredibly rare, some deaths have been recorded from latex allergy.

For more information on diagnosis and management of latex allergy please see our factsheet.

Wasp Allergy and Bee Allergy

Venom Allergy

Anyone can become allergic to bee and wasp stings, but those most likely to become bee allergic are bee keepers. Those who work in gardens are also more susceptible to having a reaction to insect bites. It is unusual to be allergic to both wasps and bees.

Symptoms

Localised reactions

Swelling at the site of the insect bite, which can be more than 10 cm in diameter and last for more than 24 hours. The rest of the limb may be involved but no generalised symptoms are present. These reactions are more common in children than in adults.

Mild systemic reactions

These reactions are characterised by skin swelling and hives in an area of skin remote from the insect bite. Children experiencing these reactions are not thought to be significantly at risk of future life-threatening reactions compared to others. However, in older children and adults, such reactions are considered to be a risk factor for a future severe reaction.

Moderate / severe systemic reactions (Anaphylaxis)

Any or all of the following symptoms may be present:

  • Swelling of throat and mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing or speaking
  • Difficulty in breathing - due to severe asthma or throat swelling
  • Hives anywhere on the body, especially large hives
  • Generalised flushing of the skin
  • Abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting
  • Sudden feeling of weakness (drop in blood pressure)
  • Collapse and unconsciousness

For more information on diagnosis please see our fact sheet.

Histamine Intolerance

Histamine Intolerance

Histamine, tyramine and phenyl ethylamine are vasoactive amines (also known as Biogenic Amines), chemicals which occur naturally in certain foods.

Symptoms
Most people tolerate the amounts found in a normal diet. However, some people experience symptoms to even normal levels of vasoactive amines, which may be due to a reduced ability to break them down in their digestive systems. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches,
  • Rashes, flushing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

Symptoms may occur 30 minutes or longer after eating and the level of intolerance does vary from person to person

For more information on diagnosis and management of Histamine Intolerance please see our fact sheet.

Allergic Eye Disease

Allergic Eye Disease 

Allergic conjunctivitis can be seasonal or all year round (perennial). For most of those affected seasonally the symptoms are part of their hay fever and the cause is the same - grass, tree, and weed or shrub pollen. 

Symptoms

  • Itching eyes
  • Burning, watering and redness of the eyes
  • Puffiness of the eyelids

Perennial allergic conjunctivitis is usually a reaction to house dust mite or pets in the indoor environment.

For more information on diagnosis and management of allergic eye disease please see our fact sheet.

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