Fortunately, allergic reactions tend to be mild for most people, causing irritation but manageable symptoms such as sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, coughing and an itchy rash. But occasionally, allergic reactions can be serious, causing breathing difficulties and in some instances, a severe reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.
When to see a GP
Symptoms of allergic reactions can also be caused by other conditions and a GP can help determine whether it's you or your child has an allergy. For mild allergies, our GPs can offer advice and treatment to help manage the issue. If the allergy is more severe or unclear clear what has caused the reaction, our GPs can refer you to a specialist for testing.