Allergies and Natural Allergy Treatment
About 1 in 4 Americans, suffer from an allergy. Many people think of sneezing, a runny nose or watery eyes which are some symptoms of allergies; however, an allergic reaction is actually the result of several events occurring within your immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism against different substances in our air, food, and environment. An “allergen” is any substance that can trigger an allergic response. The allergy is the symptom of the underlying problem that can cause many conditions. Common allergens are pollen, mold, pet dander, food, dust mites, and insects. Antibodies help capture unwanted invaders, however, people who have allergies have an antibody called Immunoglobulin E, al,so known as IgE. When allergens enter the body, reactions may occur and allergen-specific IgE antibodies are formed. Allergies are hereditary. If one parent has allergies, their child is 48% likely to develop allergies. If both parents have allergies their child’s risk is about 70%.
Symptoms of Allergies
The symptoms of an allergic reaction depend on the allergen. Seasonal allergies to pollen or other airborne things are runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, coughing, and wheezing. Food allergies have symptoms that can be very sever, symptoms can include rashes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and shortness in breath. A severe reaction would include difficulty swallowing, body rashes, heart palpitations, throbbing in the ears, weight loss or gain, hives, swelling, loss of bladder control, itching. There are hundreds of other symptoms which can range from mild to severe.
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