What is an allergy

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WHAT IS AN ALLERGY

An allergy is an abnormal sensitivity or exaggerated reaction of the immune system to a substance(often environmental), which, in the majority of people causes no symptoms at all. The substance that triggers the allergy is known as an allergen. Examples of allergens include grass & tree pollen, pet dander, insect venom, dust, mold, but also foods and drugs.  The medical term is allergic rhinitis, or more commonly, hay fever. Eye itching and swelling are referred to as allergic conjunctivitis. Asthma, eczema and hives can also be conditions associated with allergies.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

There are some symptoms that are commonly associated with allergies such as:

*  Nasal airway restriction

Runny nose

Post nasal drip

Sneezing

Congestion

Cough

Itchy / Watery eyes

Less common allergy symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Low productivity/Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Snoring

Allergy symptoms can be more than bothersome or irritating. They can interfere with your day-to-day activities and sleep. Allergies can result in loss of productivity, missed work or school and an overall poor quality of life.

What happens if my allergy goes untreated?

Allergies can be the underlying cause of frequent sinus, ear and upper and lower respiratory tract infections, & exacerbate asthma. approximately 80 percent of all asthma in children and half of all asthma in adults is caused by allergies.”

Allergies are responsible for symptoms that may make it difficult for you to concentrate or they may cause sinus headaches––both of which can result in a loss of productivity. This loss of productivity can filter into your work, school and home life. Don’t let your allergies control you, take control of your allergies!

stay tuned for Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy  info next week 🙂

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