If you suspect you have allergies you are not alone. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, this includes millions of children. Allergies also have a tendency to run in families. However, anyone regardless of age, race or gender can get allergies at anytime.
What is an allergy?
To understand allergies you must know about the immune system. The immune system is the body’s way to defend itself from viruses and bacteria. It protects us from diseases. Ironically, an allergy is due to an overreaction of the immune system. The body learns to react to allergens as if they were harmful. If you have allergies you have a sensitive immune system and your body reacts to harmless substances or allergens like animal dander & dust mites.
Is there a cure for allergies?
There isn’t a cure as of yet. Even though we don’t have a cure for allergies, we now have the best possible tools and treatments available. With the appropriate treatment, you can have a life without allergies. An allergist can help you…
Do you have allergies?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have cold/allergy symptoms seasonally/yearly?
- Does your cold/allergy symptoms effect your school or workplace productivity?
- Do you take over the counter sinus medications regularly?
- Have you taken over the counter medication for more than 3 months?
- Have you experienced side effects from your over the counter medication?
- Is the medication you are taking not working like it use to?
If you answer YES to any of these questions you may have allergies. Check with your physician or allergist to confirm the diagnosis in order to live a healthy normal life.
What causes an allergic reaction?
Allergens are common substances that can trigger an allergic reaction. Common allergens or triggers are animal dander, mold, grass & tree pollen, dust mites, foods, stinging insects and some drugs.
Do you have a cold or allergies?
Differentiating between a cold and allergies can be difficult due to similar symptoms. Like symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, fatigue and headache. Colds do not cause itchy, scratchy feeling in the throat or eyes. Symptoms from a cold often appear one after the other.
The best way to tell the difference between a cold and allergy is in the length and the frequency of the symptoms. Cold symptoms are known to run 7 to 10 days. Allergy symptoms can disappear after you remove exposure from the allergen.
What are allergy tests?
Allergy tests identify allergens to which you have sensitivity. It is a simple procedure. A droplet containing the susceptive allergen is placed on a small scratch on the arm or back and your sensitivity to the susceptive allergen is measured.
- Allergy Shots
Common allergy symptoms
- Runny Nose
- Itchy or Watery Eyes