Monday, February 21, 2011

Seasonal Allergies

Allergies are the inflammations that result from the sensitivity to allergens. They occur when the immune system reacts to a particular allergen. Many people suffer from allergies and there are also many types of allergies as well as difference in the severity of the reaction.. Seasonal allergies are the most common and are the result of certain trees, plants, or pollens that become air born at certain times of the year. Other people may experience allergies to particular foods or animals as well.

Symptoms of allergies vary by person and are classified by degree of severity, such as mild, moderate, and severe reactions. While there is no cure for allergies, there are treatments available both over the counter and by prescription . Most people experience only mild symptoms including watery eyes, itchy skin, a runny nose, coughing, and possibly hives. These types of allergies can be controlled by the use of antihistamines. Staying inside during these times can keep allergies at bay. An allergy shot may also help.

Food allergies can be more difficult to deal with. Peanuts, milk, and eggs are the most common. Many schools have gone so far as to ban peanuts and peanut products all together. Some of the symptoms of food allergies are swelling of the face, abdominal pain, cramps, hives. They can also include hives inside the throat or angiodema.  It is important to seek immediate medical attention for symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. Often a shot can help offset the reaction. The hives and rashes take longer to go away. They can be reduced by using a cortisone based cream.

Pet allergies are the most difficult deal with as many pet owners are not so quick to remove the family pet from the house. It may take up to 2 years exposure to an animal to develop and allergic reaction. This makes it hard to pinpoint the animal as the allergen because you can be fine for years, then it develops. Most people think as soon as you are away from the animal it should stop. When it doesn't they believe it must be something else causing the allergy, so they go back to their routine of interacting with that animal. Proper vacuuming with a HEPA style vacuum cleaner can help reduce the amount of pet dander in a home.

Some people have a severe allergy to bees and other stinging type insects. They may require medical attention to receive a shot of epinephrine. Many people also must keep these with them in case of a sting while out and about.

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