Everything You need to know about Allergies

What is an Allergy?

Allergy is an immunological hypersensitivity mediated by immunoglobulin E antibody (IgE). It is not a disease itself, but a mechanism leading to conditions such as rhinoconjunctivitis, urticaria, asthma, and anaphylaxis. A normally harmless substance – like pollen, food, or cat saliva – will cause the immune system to defend the body against it. In an allergic reaction, the mast cells release a chemical called histamine, which is the primary cause of allergic symptoms.
This disease symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing as your body tries to remove the allergen.

What are the Symptoms of Allergies?

An allergic reaction causes inflammation and irritation. The Indication and symptoms depend on the type of allergen. Allergic reactions may in the gut, skin, sinuses, airways, eyes, and nasal passages. Allergic reactions may be confused for other conditions. Hay fever, for example, creates similar irritations to the common cold, but the causes are different.
Common Symptoms of an allergic reaction include
> Sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose
> Itchy, red, watering eyes
> wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough a raised, itchy, red rash
> swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face
> Dry red & cracked skin
> Tummy Pain, feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhea

What are the Causes of Allergies?

An allergy starts when your immune system down a normally harmless substance for a dangerous attacker. The immune system then produces antibodies that remain on the alert for that particular allergen. Histamine causes tightening of the muscles in the airways and the walls of blood vessels. It also prepares the lining of the nose to produce more mucus. When you’re exposed to the allergen again, these antibodies can release many immune system chemicals, such as histamine, that cause allergy symptoms.

Types of Allergies –

> Drug Allergy –
> Food Allergy – A wide variety of foods can cause allergic reactions.
> Insect Allergy – For most kids& people being stung by an insect means swelling, redness, and itching at the site of the bite. But insect venom allergy, an insect sting can cause more serious symptoms.
> Latex Allergy
> Mold Allergy
> Pet Allergy
> Pollen Allergy

What Treatment We need against Allergies?

The most effective treatment and management of an allergy is an avoidance of the allergen. Sometimes it is not possible to altogether avoid an allergen. Pollen, for example, is continually floating in the air, especially during hay fever season.

How to Prevent Allergies?

Controlling your allergies & preventing your allergic depends on your type of allergy. There is no way to prevent an allergy. However, it is possible to limit symptoms.  Treatments can help reduce allergy symptoms, inpatient will need to try to avoid exposure to specific allergens. In some cases, this is not easy. Avoiding pollen in late spring and summer is virtually impossible, and even the cleanest houses have fungal spores or dust mites.

If you have friends or family with pets, avoiding them might be difficult. Food allergies can be challenging to manage because traces of allergens can appear in unlikely meals. However, being vigilant about checking food packages can be a crucial way to avoid consuming specific allergens. Make sure you receive proper allergy testing and know what substances to avoid.

Updated: November 5, 2019 — 4:21 pm

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