What is an Allergy?
Allergies occur when your bodys immune system overreacts to a foreign substance that is typically harmless for most people. Your immune system will identify that otherwise common foreign object as being harmful. When it does, it will produce antibodies that will attack the otherwise harmless substance. Reactions vary from person to person. In serious instances, it can restrict a persons airways and cause a life-threatening emergency.
While most allergies can’t be cured, medication and treatments can help manage and relieve your symptoms.
What are the symptoms of an allergy?
All symptoms can range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include the following:
Reddening of the skin
Swelling or hives
Difficulty breathing or Anaphylaxis
What are the most common types or causes of allergies?
As discussed above, an allergy begins when the immune system mistakenly identifies an otherwise harmless substance as being dangerous. As such, the substance itself is not an allergy but rather the bodys reaction to it. Some of the most common substances that can trigger an allergy are as follows:
Airborne substances such as pollen, mold, or animals
Certain foods such as nuts or shellfish
Insect stings such as from a bee or wasp
Certain medications, such as penicillin
When should I see a doctor?
It is important to know what allergies you may have. Generally, most allergies can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication. Some allergic reactions are so strong, such as anaphylaxis, that if you do not get emergency medical help or carry an epinephrine auto-injector the results can be fatal.
At our clinic you have access to physicians that can give you a test to determine the extent of any allergies you may have. Understanding how your body interacts with common substances is essential to making good medical decisions. At our clinic, we can help you know what medications are right for you and your family.