An allergic reaction is a sign that something is wrong with our bodies. Many times throughout the course of life we have symptoms that seem like they can be something as simple as a cold only to find out later you were allergic to something in the air. It doesn’t even have to be something in the air like pollen. Though many people consider that the definition of an allergy.
Hay fever type symptoms are not the only allergic reaction that you can have though it is the most common especially in the spring and fall. It is hard to miss the commercials for all sorts of nasal allergy sprays and pills. Various kinds of pollen are the culprit and what causes an allergic reaction in one person doesn’t mean that another person with allergies will react the same.
Another interesting twist is that allergic reactions can change over time. As a child you may be allergic to specific pets, foods and even dust but your body can change and actually not react to the same allergic trigger in the same way. This is the good side of the twist because as you get older you may find that you are allergic to things in your older age. Some people get nasal allergies when they are older. Sometimes it can be attributable to a change in their bodies but sometimes their environment may have changed. As the weather has changed throughout the world it has affected the spread of pollen and the intensity of the seasonal allergy season.
Other allergic reactions may be to topical reactions to things such as hair dye and certain other chemicals. Different chemicals and even natural ingredients are used in shampoos and deodorants as well that can cause the skin to have an allergic reaction.
Given the range of causes getting your adverse reactions diagnosed is critical. The best person to do this is a specialist like an Allergy Doctor who based on your symptoms can administer tests to identify what you are allergic to. Though you may get loosely diagnosed as having an allergy by your general practitioner the more severe your allergic reaction increase the odds of being referred to a specialist. Though allergy testing is not full proof it can help narrow down your allergies by identifying what you are not allergic to.
Food allergies are usually considered the most serious because the most severe allergic reaction can be anaphylaxis. Your throat swells and you basically are asphyxiated. This of course can lead to death and since the most discussed food allergy of our time is peanut allergy it is critical to identify if this is a problem for you or your child. Peanut oils can be found in so many foods.
Though there appear to be hereditary factors in whether someone is allergic to certain substances and food the allergic reaction may not be the same. From an awareness perspective it is definitely good to discuss allergies amongst family members as it helps to clarify some of the confusion that may come from mysterious symptoms that are basically allergic reactions.
In conclusion you need to be sure not to dismiss strange symptoms that seem to occur consistently. Don’t be afraid to bring up something that you consider small. It may be the clue your doctor needs to direct you to the right diagnosis and treatment for your allergic reaction.