Important Things To Know About Allergies
Almost everybody is allergic to something because there are so many things that one can be allergic to. Some allergies are rare and highly specific whereas others such as allergies to dust, pollen or allergic rhinitis (hay fever) are far more common.
Allergies can have a variety of adverse effects on your body with a range of severity from simple sneezing and runny noses or an allergy rash to more severe effects such as shortness of breath or passing out, which in a worst case scenario can lead to death.
The best way to get your allergy symptoms under control is to seek medical advice. At Owl Now Urgent Care we have helped several patients to successfully manage their allergy symptoms. Call us today to set up an appointment.
Recognizing the Symptoms
One of the more common allergy symptoms is sneezing, commonly seen in cases of hay fever and seasonal allergies. This is due to the irritation of the nasal lining often caused by excessive pollen which explains seasonal allergies since in spring season, plants release a lot of pollen into the air for us to inhale.
For some people one of the symptoms of allergies is similar to the symptoms of asthma. This can occur to certain people whose immune systems release chemicals to protect their body from essentially innocuous substances such as pollen. When these chemicals affect their lungs it can lead to an asthmatic response commonly known as allergic asthma.
Testing and Treatment
The biggest challenge with determining whether or not you are suffering from some allergy is the fact that the symptoms are similar to those of several other conditions.
When you go to a doctor, the doctor will first establish your medical history and then perform a few tests to determine whether the symptoms indicate an allergy or whether they indicate some other medical condition.
According to the test results, the doctor will recommend the appropriate treatment. It's important to keep in mind that an allergy can be very serious if someone isn't careful. If one is exposed to a large amount of an allergen such as dust it could lead to severe reactions like anaphylaxis.
If you suspect you are allergic, it is far better to go to a doctor and get it confirmed rather than trying out any medication on your own without professional advice. Wrongfully medicating yourself can be very dangerous. Also, by not getting a proper diagnosis, you could be missing out on some other underlying condition.