Allergies, Asthma, & Sinus Problems
Allergies are a hassle for anyone who has them. The question is where do allergies come from and if I have allergies, who should I seek medical attention from? Allergies are the body’s immune response to allergens. If you have allergies, you know the struggle: itching eyes, runny, nose, sinus headache. Sometimes these symptoms will hit you out of nowhere. The problems are endless. Seeking a credentialed allergist or immunologist is imperative.
Allergies & Immunologic Responses
When you come in contact with an allergen, your body attempts to fight it off. Allergens are not typically harmful to the body, but if you have allergies, the body thinks it is harmful and looks at it as a virus or bacteria. Let’s look at the immune system’s reaction.
- Antibodies are made against the allergen. IgE is the antibody used against allergies.
- As the IgE antibodies attack, the allergens attach themselves to them creating histamine chemicals which go into the bloodstream.
- After this chemical release, you begin to have symptoms: itching eyes, sneezing, runny nose. (This is why antihistamines are the prescribed medication for allergies. Preventing histamines, prevent allergy symptoms)
- Sometimes the response is severe leading to anaphylaxis, this is the worst of all the allergic reactions and may cause death.
We are familiar with food and environmental or seasonal allergies, but we can be allergic to other things as well. Medication, certain substances, fabrics, or pets. People can even be allergic to the oddest things like the sun. Whatever the allergy is, there is a physician available for you to receive treatment.
It is not enough to treat allergies without treating the source, which is the immune system. If a physician can help you get control of your immune response, you can control your allergies. To get a thorough diagnosis, the doctor will have to get a clear understanding of what you are allergic to by doing a skin allergy test on your arm. Positive response results in inflammation on the part of the skin that is exposed to it and a negative response shows no reaction; this is typically done for seasonal and food allergies. There are other ways of diagnosing other allergens. Treatment may be anything from antihistamines to monthly allergy shots. It is just dependent upon the severity of your symptoms. If you are susceptible to anaphylaxis, you will have to carry around medication with you in the case of an emergency.
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