What causes allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system — your body’s natural defense system — overreacts to factors in your environment. When the body fights off harmful bacteria or viruses, it creates antibodies to defend itself; an allergic reaction occurs when your body has this same response to things that are otherwise harmless because it thinks these things are trying to attack you.
Common allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Trouble breathing
Most allergic reactions are mild. However, some can be life threatening.
What are the different types of allergies?
Various types of allergies exist, with the most common ones including:
- Foods: Certain foods (milk, eggs, nuts, etc.) can cause allergic reactions in some people (usually hereditary).
- Medication: Allergic reactions to different types of medication are also common. If you have a history of allergic reactions to a particular medication, make sure you let WholeHealth staff know when providing your medical history.
- Animals and Insects: Some people experience severe allergic reactions when they are stung by certain insects. The body overreacts when the venom enters, causing redness, swelling, itching, pain and other symptoms. Allergic reactions to certain animals are also common, usually causing respiratory problems.
- Latex and Other Synthetic Materials: Latex allergies are not uncommon. Cosmetics, false nails, and hair extensions can also trigger an allergic reaction.
- Seasonal Allergies (hay fever): Finally, seasonal allergies are among the most common, brought on by increased exposure to trees, grass, pollens, or weeds. Seasonal allergies can occur for up to nine months out of the year.
How are allergies treated?
To help provide relief from your allergies, WholeHealth staff perform a physical examination, taking your medical history, and talking to you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. We may perform certain tests to ensure the cause of your symptoms is allergies and not some other illness.
After we determine that allergies are indeed the problem, we will likely prescribe antihistamines, allergy eye drops, or another type of allergy medication to help alleviate your symptoms.
Allergic reactions range from simple annoyances to life-threatening emergencies. It’s important to stay on top of allergies by working with a physician you trust. The staff at WholeHealth is dedicated to helping patients with moderate to severe allergies experience everyday relief. Contact one of our offices to learn more today, or book online.