allergyAn allergy is a basic hypersensitiveness. Some individuals respond in an exaggerated manner to certain substances, which do not produce any reaction in other people. For example if a group of people are sitting in a room with smoke near by, only those who are sensitive to smoke will start sneezing vigorously and have difficulty in breathing. This is because of hypersensitivity to smoke as compared to others who react normally. An inherent weakness, sometimes hereditary, is why some people are hypersensitive and others are not. A person may also be hypersensitive after his resistance goes down, e.g. at the end of an acute attack of some infection.
Mild allergies like hay fever are highly prevalent in the human population and cause symptoms such as allergic conjunctivitis, itchiness, and runny nose. Allergies can play a major role in conditions such as asthma. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life-threatening anaphylactic reactions and potentially death.
A variety of tests now exist to diagnose allergic conditions; these include testing the skin for responses to known allergens or analyzing the blood for the presence and levels of allergen-specific IgE. Treatments for allergies include allergen avoidance, use of anti-histamines, steroids or other oral medications, immunotherapy to desensitize the response to allergen, and targeted therapy
Many allergens such as dust or pollen are airborne particles. In these cases, symptoms arise in areas in contact with air, such as eyes, nose and lungs. For instance, allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, causes irritation of the nose, sneezing, and itching and redness of the eyes. Inhaled allergens can also lead to asthmatic symptoms, caused by narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction) and increased production of mucus in the lungs, shortness of breath (dyspnea), coughing and wheezingFoods that cause allergies:
(1) Peanuts (2) Shellfish (3) Fish (4) Milk
(5) Soya (6) Wheat (7) Eggs (8) Prawn
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Food Allergy Symptoms:
Some facts on food allergies:
There are eight types of foods that are accountable for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. The foods that most commonly cause anaphylaxis (called allergenic foods).
All symptoms of a food allergy occur within a few minutes to an hour of eating.
A food allergy can initially be experienced as an itching in the mouth and difficulty swallowing and breathing.
During digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can start. (Incidentally, gastrointestinal symptoms are those that are most often confused with the symptoms of different types of food intolerance.)
When the allergens reach the skin, they can induce hives or eczema, and when they reach the lungs, they can cause asthma.
As the allergens travel through the blood vessels, they can cause light headedness, weakness, and anaphylaxis, which is a sudden drop in blood pressure. Anaphylactic reactions are severe even when they start off with mild symptoms, such as a tingling in the mouth and throat or discomfort in the abdomen. They can be fatal if not treated quickly.
Symptoms of food allergies can range
from mildly irritating to life threatening. The
most common symptoms of food allergies are:
Swelling of the throat,Tonsils, lips, or tongue
Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
biteer taste or itching in the mouth ,apthae in mouth
Generalized flushing, itching, or redness of the skin (hives)
Increased heart rate
Plunging blood pressure
Sudden feeling of weakness
Loss of consciousness
Allergenic Medications Common allergic symptoms due to Allergenic medications
The most common medications that cause allergic reactions (called allergenic medications) are:
More Allergy Itching
Swelling of the throat
drsameer on 2009-06-13
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