About 17 million people in the United States suffer from one form or another of allergies. Allergies are your immune system’s way of reacting to a number of things in your environment that may not bother a majority of people. Some of the substances that can trigger an allergic reaction are:
Mold and mold spores
Insect bites and stings
Your immune system normally fights germs, but in most allergic reactions, it is responding to what is basically a false alarm. Other contributing factors to allergic reactions are genetics and the specific environment you are in.
So, what are the symptoms of an allergic reaction? A runny nose, sneezing, and difficulty breathing are all strong symptoms. Some people may experience rashes or swelling of the face. These allergic reactions can be relatively minor, or they can be so severe that they are life threatening. A very serious allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, also called anaphylaxis shock, can be life threatening, and is most often caused by a reaction to foods, most often peanuts. It can also be caused by medications and insect stings.
If you or someone you know suffers from allergies, you need a reliable, ear, nose, and throat specialist who can perform allergy tests to find out what you’re allergic to, and provide advice on how to cope with your symptoms, which may include a prescription for medications to help you live a more normal life.
Modern testing techniques and treatment allow those who suffer from allergies to take part in activities they would normally shy away from for the fear of having an allergic reaction during the activity. If you need testing to determine the source of allergic reaction, contact Ear, Sinus & Allergy Center, PA in Valdese, NC today.