Allergies can be defined as, ” A condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance.” Allergies are a major cause of illness all over the world. About one in every five, in the United States, have allergies. Allergies are hereditary and tend to run in families. My Mom, and both sisters have bad allergies. They are all extremely sensitive to strong smells, particularly perfume. If they get around anyone wearing a loud fragrance it makes them physically sick with an intense headache, nausea and vomiting, and an overwhelming body weakness to pass out. There are many different types of allergies and a variety of symptoms. Allergy symptoms may include, but are not limited to, a stuffy nose, runny nose, watering eyes, sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, dry cough, persistent cough, rashes, fatigue, headache, nausea and vomiting, and weakness. Sometimes it is hard to tell if you just have the common cold or allergies. Sometimes allergy systems mimic asthma. Allergies are more common in children and sometimes disappear, only to return years later. If you suspect your child may have an allergy, please do not put off a doctors visit, even if it gets better and the symptoms go away. They may be having symptoms of something much worse. It is always better to be safe then sorry. Some peoples immune system overreacts to something that is harmless to others, triggering a reaction which causes an allergy. When your body’s defenses are weak, such as being pregnant or having a cold, you are more likely to develop an allergy. The common triggers for allergies are endless. A few common triggers are, animal dander, grass or tree pollen, insect stings, nuts, milk, eggs, cleaning products, and chemical fumes. Allergies may interfere with daily activities or lessen your quality of life. There are numerous types of allergies including, but not limited to, food allergies, skin allergies, dust allergies, insect sting allergies, pet allergies, eye allergies, drug allergies, latax allergies, Allergic Rhinitis, mold allergies, seasonal allergies, and sinus infection. Your primary care physician can treat some allergies, but some have to be treated by an allergist. Your doctor will need a detailed medical history, to examine you and evaluate your symptoms, and may perform a skin or blood test. This will need to be done in order to determine what type of allergic disease is causing your symptoms. Allergies can be treated by medicine, immunotherapy, or both. Immunotherapy is a preventive treatment where you can train your body to become less allergic. I hope this brief over view has helped you understand a bit about about allergies. I will discuss in greater detail the different types, symptoms, and treatments in future posts. Thanks for reading..
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