What is Allergy Anxiety? Allergy Anxiety is stress and anxiety that is linked to having allergies. There are many degrees of anxiety and situations that can cause this.
With allergy symptoms ranging from minor to serious and life-threatening, they may also be an incredibly frightening consideration for the person with the allergy. This can lead to anxiety or hypervigilance when presented with a situation or in a situation with a risk of an allergic reaction.
These situations can demonstrate as many degrees in the forms of anxiety felt.
Some forms of stress and anxiety can demonstrate physically such as, but not limited to-
- Tightened muscles
- Shortness of breath
- Increase heart rate
- Feeling of blanked mind
Furthermore, anxiety around allergies can trigger all types of anxieties, such as-
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety
- Specific allergy related phobias
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Common anxiety triggers can be linked to perceived danger or past experiences. For instance, you can have Food Allergy Anxiety with going to the same restaurant that you had a previous anaphylactic reaction, at or having a new person or chef prepare your meal.
These anxiety triggers are felt particularly when in a risky situation (Allergic Risk Situation,) and felt by both the allergic person and the loved one caring for them (their Pal-lergy).
For instance, it is common that anxiety is felt in parents of an allergic child when they leave their child in the care of anyone else, even if this is a caring family member.
If you are experiencing allergy anxiety it can help to talk to peers who have the same experiences. To learn about Online Peer Allergy Support and to signup click here.
For any of your worries, however small or big they are, it is fine to seek support. Get in touch with a local professional health care provider that can assist you with either the support you need or the guidance to find the support you require.
The information provided on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about living with allergies, intolerances and conditions, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider.