Allergies are the body’s immune system response to a substance called an allergen. Allergens are normally harmless substances that most people can touch, eat, or breathe in without any reaction. When a person has an allergy their body will generate an autoimmune response that attacks that substance as if it were a virus or other foreign and harmful substance.
Allergy symptoms can affect any part of the body and each person’s experience depends on how his or her body reacts to an allergen. Symptoms range in severity with some experiencing only mild symptoms, others suffering from extreme and severe issues, and everything in between. A person’s experience of allergic symptoms can also change over time, increasing or decreasing in severity as well as new symptoms developing. Symptoms can include:
Anaphylaxis, also referred to as anaphylactic shock, is an extremely severe allergic reaction where the person has trouble breathing due to swelling or the development of hives in the throat. During anaphylaxis, a person may experience a rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting. Anaphylaxis is most often caused by food, medications, insect bites, and latex. If you are at risk of anaphylaxis, Dr. Gruhlkey will provide you with advice on how to avoid exposure to allergens and may prescribe an Epipen. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with anaphylactic shock, dial 911 or go to the emergency room for immediate treatment.
If you or your child experience symptoms that may be an allergic reaction, it is best to make an appointment with Dr. Gruhlkey for allergy testing to determine if the symptoms are an allergic reaction, and if so, for treatment and management practices to be applied to improve and protect your health. When you know what you are allergic to, you can avoid exposure and be prepared in case of an allergic reaction. Also, as allergic reactions can evolve over time, it is better to be prepared for any allergic response. If you have a history of asthma, treating your allergies aggressively can actually improve your asthma.
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