Types of Common Allergies

The following is a list of types of common allergies and allergy triggers.

Respiratory Allergies (Airborne Allergies)

  • Grass (Timothy grass, Kentucky bluegrass, Johnson grass, Bermuda grass, Redtop grass, Orchard grass, St. Augustine grass, Sweet vernal grass)
  • Tree (Alder, Ash, Birch, Box Elder, Cedar, Cottonwood, Cypress, Elm, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Pecan, Pine, Poplar, Sumac, Sycamore, Willow)
  • Weed (Ragweed, Sagebrush, Redroot pigweed, Lamb's quarters, Lantana, Russian thistle (tumbleweed), English plantain)
  • Mold Spores (Alternaria, Cladosporium (Hormodendrum), Aspergillus, Penicillium, Helminthosporium, Epicoccum, Fusarium, Mucor, Rhizopus, Aureobasidium (Pullularia)
  • Air Pollution (Cigarette Smoke, Diesel Exhaust, Factory Smoke)
  • Dust Mites
  • Cockroach

Contact Allergies

  • Flowers (Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Lily)
  • Man-made Materials (Acrylic, Latex, Nylon, Polyester)
  • Nickel
  • Pet (Cat, Dog, Horse)
  • Plants containing urushiol (Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac)
  • Sun



Ingested/Injected Allergies

  • Drug (Penicillin, Aspirin (Salicylate), Sulfite or Sulfa drugs, Barbiturates, Anticonvulsants, Insulin, Iodine)
  • Food (Egg, Fish, Milk, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), Peanuts , Rice, Shellfish (Abalone, Clams, Crab, Crawfish, crayfish, Lobster, Oysters, Scallops, Shrimp, Cockle, sea urchin, Mussels), Soy, Tree Nut (Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Chestnuts, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Hickory nuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts), Wheat
  • Insect/Spider Venom (Bee sting, Spider bite)


There is another area which overlaps allergies and that is the area of sensitivities. Sensitivities are generally divided into food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities. Because the symptoms are so much the same as allergies it can be confusing. Generally, an allergy is an immune system response to an allergen and is a type of sensitivity while a sensitivity includes allergies but is also the body's toxic response to a substance which does not involve the immune system.






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Disclaimer:  The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or prescription for any disease.  The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Please consult with a licensed health care practitioner if you are dealing with a serious disease or illness.



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