Researchers assert that allergic diseases have steadily increased around the world over the past 50 years. Allergies are a concern for many families in and around Columbus, Mount Vernon, and Bellefontaine, Ohio, and are an area of specialty for Syed Naqvi, MD, and the team at Family Urgent Care. If you or a loved one suffers from allergies and is searching for lasting relief, call the office or book an appointment online today. Walk-in visits are also available.
What are allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system identifies a normally harmless substance as a potential threat and responds with a strong immune response. Allergies are very common and can affect both children and adults.
Any substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. You can become exposed to an allergen through direct contact with your skin, consuming certain foods, or breathing in fumes or vapors. Even contact with your eyes can be enough for an allergen to trigger a response.
Allergies are a clear reminder of the power of the human immune system. When you’re dealing with symptoms of an allergic reaction, however, it’s hard to appreciate just how hard your immune system works to keep you safe.
What are some common allergens?
Everyone with allergies has a unique response to allergens. Some people are only sensitive to one specific substance, while others react to a wide range of substances.
Some of the more common allergens include:
- Hair or skin flakes from pets
- Mold spores
- Dust mites
- Insect stings
- Certain preservatives
This is far from a comprehensive list. Many different things can cause your immune system to react. Learning which potential allergens trigger a response is a key part of any allergy treatment plan.
What are some symptoms of allergies?
Allergy symptoms vary from person to person. They can also vary in severity, ranging from mild to life-threatening.
Some of the signs of an allergic reaction include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Watery or red eyes
- Sensation of tingling in your throat or mouth
- Cough or wheezing
- Rash or hives
- Itching, flaking, or peeling skin
The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. Symptoms include a swift drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, breathing troubles, nausea and vomiting, and a rapid, weak pulse. If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, it’s important to seek immediate emergency medical care.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms, Family Urgent Care can help determine which allergens are creating the problem and work toward solutions. Call or schedule a visit online today, or just stop by for a walk-in appointment.
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