Common Allergies And Their Effective Treatment

An allergy can be defined as an exaggerated immunity disorder. This normally takes place when a person’s immune system reacts to otherwise harmless substances that do not affect a normal person. Sometimes the reaction can be violent and even lead to death. This reaction is caused due to an allergen, it is very important that we understand allergies. The reactions can be predictable yet rapid and are sometimes acquired. An Allergy is a form of hypersensitivity and the human body’s way of sensing a foreign substance called an antigen. The brain thinks that the body is being invaded by a harmful substance like bacteria or toxins.

A very common allergy is hay fever which is an allergic inflammation of the nasal passage. The cause could be an allergen like pollen, dust or even animal hair in small particles in the air. The term ‘hay fever’ was used as this form of allergy was commonly found in grass pollens. And as the name misguidedly suggests, there is no fever associated with it nor is there any hay. The reactions are blood-shot eyes, itchiness, runny nose and eczema which can also manifest itself as asthma. In some cases people are allergic to medication and certain can set of a reaction that can only be arrested by a doctor. It is always good make a note of the generic names of such drugs and remember them. Whenever medicine is being administered, one needs to inform the doctor or Para-medic about the allergy and made sure that that drug is not administered. This will help avoid unnecessary complications. When one is not sure, or has forgotten the name of the drug, it is best to have a test dose of whatever medicine is being administered to check for reactions. A typical reaction would be swelling and/or itching within minutes after the drug is administered.

Common drugs that can cause allergies in some people are aspirin and penicillin. However, there is no cause for alarm as if there has been not reaction from these drugs after being administered once the chances for a reaction are remote. Penicillin and aspirin are very essential for treating most people as the case may be.

The other types of allergies are those that are cause by food and insect stings and bites. Most common food allergies are caused by eggs, milk, peanuts, shellfish like crabs, shrimps, lobsters, clams and snails. Some types of nuts and wheat could also cause allergies. There have been instances of people getting allergic reactions after drinking tea. It is important to detect such allergies and make sure that the allergic food is never consumed in future. Though a fool allergy can be detected in childhood, it could manifest itself at any age. Children tend to outgrow allergies to milk, eggs, and wheat by the time they are 5 years old. However, allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish can torment some for a lifetime. We believe that we are allergic to something or the other by default, however statistics prove that only 1{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c} of the population suffer from allergic reactions.Anaphylaxis is a rare form of allergy that could be fatal.

The causes could be allergy to drugs like penicillin, some insect stings, foods, X-Ray, etc. The symptoms would be swelling of the tongue, nausea and vomiting, and shock. Those who are allergic should take precautions mentioned earlier and have a epinephrine kit handy, which could be life saving. The best course, however would be to seek expert medical attention immediately. Prevention however would be the best way to save oneself from allergic reactions.