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Common types of allergies include allergies to pollen, house dust mites, food (such as peanuts, milk and eggs) and animals.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include sneezing, a runny nose, itchy skin and a raised rash (hives).

Tests to diagnose an allergy may include a skin prick test, blood tests, a patch test or going on a special diet to see if your symptoms improve.

Treatment for allergies include avoiding the thing you're allergic to whenever possible and medicines to reduce the symptoms like antihistamines.

An allergy is where your body reacts to something like pollen, dust or animal fur. Allergies are often mild, but can be very serious for some people.

Page last reviewed: 01/08/2022
Next review due: 01/08/2025