Everyday items that could be causing allergy symptoms

What causes your allergy symptoms?

Everyday items that could be causing allergy symptoms

Experiencing skin irritation, rashes, watery eyes, and a runny nose is annoying. But what is even more annoying is experiencing these allergy symptoms and not knowing why. Is it an allergy? If so, what are you allergic to? Is your detergent a bit too strong for your skin? Are you developing hay fever? You just don’t know. Luckily, allergy tests are available to identify the cause of your symptoms. If you haven’t gotten around to being tested yet, here are some everyday items that you may never have suspected could cause allergy-like symptoms in you or your child.

Your phone and electronics

This isn’t just our way of telling you to stop spending so much time on your phone. Some handsets and other electronics contain metals like nickel and cobalt which cause skin irritation at the point of contact. Allergic Living found a surge in the number of reported nickel sensitivities/allergies. Not helpful as we succumb further to the digital age.

Jewellery and accessories

Similarly to the above, a lot of jewellery and accessories contain metals that cause skin irritation or rashes. Nickel, for example, is found in glasses, belts, earrings, coins, keys, and underwire in bras. If you’re experiencing skin irritation on your body as it comes into contact with a suspicious metal, it is worth finding out if this could be caused by contact with a metal that you’re sensitive to.


It may be unusual for a person to be allergic to clothes fibres but sometimes it does happen. People have been known to be allergic to lanolin, a fatty substance found on sheep’s wool. But, more commonly, people are allergic or sensitive to finishing resins, dyes, glues, and chemicals found in clothing, bags, and shoes. This can cause skin irritation.


Latex allergies are not unheard of, but sometimes you may not realise which household products contain latex and can trigger a reaction. These include children’s toys, balloons, rubber bands, shoe soles, gloves, paint, bandages, condoms, baby bottles, raincoats, sports equipment, and buttons. That’s a lot to look out for, but it may be necessary if you think you have a latex allergy.


Sulphites in wine have been known to trigger asthma symptoms in people with asthma. Also when coming into contact with alcohol, some people experience rhinitis, sneezing, and coughing.


It is no secret that pollen from trees causes hay fever and nuts from them can cause severe allergic reactions. But you can also be allergic to sap from trees such as Pine. Usually, you have to touch the sap to experience the allergy symptoms or irritation. But, for example, if you burn a lot of pine at once, allergens can also travel through the air.

Not all of these allergy symptoms will be a result of having a true allergy to these common items. Nor is a complete list, missing off things like cosmetics. Sometimes, irritation can occur if you are sensitive to a substance, without going through the physical process of having an allergic reaction. But, symptoms of sensitivity may mimic those of an allergic reaction.

To be on the safe side, you can book an allergy test with one of our consultants. We offer a range of simple, accurate allergy tests that test you for over 100 allergies at once so that you can have peace of mind when it comes to your health.

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