An allergy is defined simply as an abnormal reaction to a substance that is ordinarily harmless. Allergy symptoms occur when the body mistakenly reacts to these substances as if they were germs or viruses. In other words, in people who are allergic, the immune system works overtime. These substances may invade the body by being inhaled, swallowed, or by direct contact with the skin. These sensitizing substances are called allergens. Contact the specialist at Allergy & Asthma Center of the Tri-State, Inc. today
to find the best treatment for your allergies.
Nonallergic Factors May Trigger Allergy Symptoms in Some People
The factors are emotional stress, fatigue, infection, air pollution, and weather changes. While most allergies are not life threatening, few people have anaphylaxis, especially with foods, which is an extreme allergic reaction. If you have had anaphylaxis, discuss this with Dr. Michael about getting an emergency kit and wearing an ID bracelet.
If You Have Family Members With Allergies or Asthma, You Are at a Higher Risk for the Same
Allergies may change from one type to another as people grow older. A baby that is allergic to a certain food might grow out of that allergy, develop asthma as an older child, and get hay fever as an adult.
Tobacco smoke, perfume, cologne, and cleaning products (or any strong scents) are irritants, not an allergen. However, for some people, smoking or exposure to these irritants can worsen allergic symptoms.
If you have allergies, it is important not to smoke and to avoid second-hand smoke.
A Key Question to Ask About Allergies
Some people will ask, "Will contact with an allergen always trigger a reaction?" The answer to whether or not you have an allergic reaction depends partially on:
Your degree of sensitivity - this depends on the level of IGE (allergy antibodies) present in your blood and tissue
The amount of the allergen to which you have been exposed
The part of your body that was exposed such as skin, nose, lungs, eyes, or digestive tract
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