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World Full Of Allergies

When I was younger I was often confused by the topic of allergies. Though my sister had many it was a foreign concept to me since I really wasn’t affected by them in my youth. As I got older and seasonal allergies started to get the best of me I started learning more about allergies and was surprised to find a world full of allergies.

Allergies are the the reaction of the body to certain substances called allergens. The allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts to that particular object. Allergies are a worldwide issue. There are a variety of allergy types. The most common are seasonal allergies that are the result from exposure to specific trees, plants, or pollen. They typically happen at certain times of the year. The other types of allergies that are typical are food allergies and pet allergies.

Symptoms of allergies can range from mild to severe depending on the person. There are many allergy remedies that you may be directed toward by your allergist. Allergy remedies mostly focus on treatment because there are no known “cures” for allergies. Allergy shots and drops are a form of immunotherapy that aims at desensitizing you to the allergen gradually over time so that your reaction is more manageable.

Most people experience only mild symptoms. They may include watery eyes, itchy skin, a runny nose, coughing, and hives. This type of allergy can be controlled by using an antihistamine such as in Benadryl. There are several over the counter available, as well as those you can only get with a prescription. How you manage your allergy truly depends on the type of allergy you have. This website offers tips based on what type of allergy you have.

A severe reaction like anaphylaxis is rare. Generally these result from food allergies. Peanuts, milk, and eggs are the most common food allergies. Symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction include swelling of the face, abdominal pain, cramps, hives, and angioedema which are hives inside the throat. It is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention for symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine shots shot can help offset the reaction. Hives and rashes can be reduced by the use of a cortisone cream but they may take a while to go away.

Pet allergies are very difficult to manage since these allergies can take some time to develop. It can also be problematic to diagnose since most pet owners don’t allow for sufficient time without a pet in their environment to truly see if they were causing the problem. Animal dander from pets hangs around for a while so you need to clean and give your environment time to be free of what the pet has left behind.

Allergies are also found in everyday things in your environment that you may never suspect. Many allergies are experienced at night to things like your pillow. Allergies to pillows and down comforters are something you may not suspect but may make life miserable at night. Managing your allergies is the key to living with them. Buying an air purifier for allergies may seem like a luxury but when you take quality of life into consideration it is a no brainer. Alternative allergy remedies also are available. One I recently tried is the neti pot which really had a dramatic effect.

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