What is an allergy? It’s a reaction to an object entering your body, resulting in your immune system going into full attack mode and causing a variety of symptoms. Things that cause allergic reactions are called allergens.

Allergy Symptoms

A wide range of symptoms can occur as a result of an allergic reaction, and they can change depending on the type of allergy.

General allergy symptoms include:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Hives
  • Itchiness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rashes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
  • Watery or swollen eyes
  • Wheezing
Eye and Skin Allergies

As a lash technician, you may see eye and skin allergies during client sessions. These often occur in response to the ingredients found in the products used to perform lash treatments.

Eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Blistering
  • General irritation
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Watery eyes

Skin allergy symptoms include:

  • Flaking
  • Inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Rashes
  • Redness

Allergy Treatments

Various allergy treatment options are available, such as:

  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots or oral drops)
  • Over-the-counter medicine (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, etc.)
  • Prescription medicine

Commonly Asked Questions

Here are some answers to common questions about allergies.

What Is an Allergy Test?

An allergy test is a method used to determine what allergens cause responses in an individual’s body. This process includes exposing someone to small amounts of substances to see how the body reacts in a controlled environment.

Undergoing an allergy test narrows down what you’re allergic to, rather than having to guess or find out by accident. Healthcare professionals can perform testing through skin injections or patch tests, which involve applying the potential allergen directly to the skin.

Who Does Allergy Testing?

In most cases, trained healthcare professionals, such as allergists, perform allergy testing. However, a lash technician can perform a patch test if a client is concerned about a potential allergy to a product.

What Is the Most Common Allergy?

Among lash technicians, one of the most commonly reported allergies occurs in response to the adhesive used to glue the lash extensions in place.

What Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are a form of treatment that expose the body to allergens. With each shot containing a small amount of the allergen, the immune system becomes more used to its presence, resulting in lessened allergy symptoms. Most allergists perform immunotherapy for allergies to things that are difficult to avoid, such as outdoor exposures or food items.

What Is an Allergy Doctor Called?

An allergy doctor is called an allergist or immunologist. This healthcare professional specializes in diagnosing and treating asthma and allergy conditions.

What Is Allergy Season?

Allergy season is the time of year when changing weather conditions cause an influx of allergy symptoms. For example, many plants and grasses grow and seed during the spring, which can cause worsening symptoms.

What Is a Cosmetic Allergy?

A cosmetic allergy is a reaction to a specific cosmetic product, such as makeup, eyelash adhesive, or fake nails.

Use High-Quality Products to Lessen the Chance of Allergic Reactions from Clients

Using high-quality products on your lash clients can help reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Low-quality products are more likely to contain common allergens.

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