Having an allergy can bring so much frustration to an infected individual. Its symptoms, prevention, and treatment are some of the usual questions of individual. Allergies occur when the immune system of a person reacts to a foreign or new substance that comes in their body. This substance can be pollen, pet dander, or a bee venom, which does not cause any reaction in people.
The immune system of an individual is capable of producing substances commonly known as antibodies. Some of the antibodies can protect you from the unwanted invaders that are capable of making you sick and causing infection. If you are suffering from allergies, it only means that your immune system produces antibodies which identify a specific type of allergen that is harmful, though it is actually not. With a contact with the said type of allergen, the person’s immune system possible reaction is to inflame the skin, sinuses, digestive system, or the airways.
Its severity varies and it ranges from a minor irritation up to anaphylaxis which is considered as potentially life and threatening emergency. Most allergies have no cure yet, but there are lot of treatments that can help relieve any allergy symptoms.
Its symptoms may depend on the particular substance involved and airways, sinuses, skin, digestive system, and your nasal passages can be all involved. Allergic reactions range from mild up to severe. Severe allergies can trigger the life- threatening anaphylaxis.
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis), it may cause:
Nose, eyes, and mouth itching
Stuffy and runny nose
Watery, swollen and red eyes, also called conjunctivitis
- Food allergy, it may cause:
Lips, tongue, throat, or face swelling
- Insect sting type of allergy can cause:
- Edema swelling
- Hives or itching on your entire body
- Chest tightness, cough, shortness of breath
- Drug allergy can cause:
- Itchy skin
- Facial swelling
Atopic dermatitis (known as eczema), may cause:
- Peel or flake
- Sudden drop of blood pressure
- Skin rash
- Shortness of breathing
- Rapid or weak pulse
If you already noticed that you are suffering from allergy symptoms, it is necessary for you to visit your doctor. If something triggers your allergy, call your doctor right away to avoid further complications.
Preventing a y allergic reactions vary on the allergy type you have. Some of the general preventions are as follows:
- Avoiding the known triggers
Avoiding triggers is very much important though you are already treating your allergy. If you have pollen allergy, you must see to it that your doors and windows are close during the time when pollen is very high. If you have dust mites allergies, there is a need for you to clean oftentimes your area specially your bed.
- Keep a diary
Tracking your daily activities can help you determine what causes as well as worsens your allergy symptoms.
- Medical alert necklace or bracelet can help you
By wearing it, others will know if ever you have severe allergic reaction without communicating with them
To suffer from an allergy is the worse feeling one can ever have. Therefore, it is important to be knowledgeable about its symptoms, preventions, remedies and treatments.