It has become apparent that many people still don’t have a grasp on the symptoms of allergies. This is because most people who suffer from sneezing, runny noses, or itchy eyes, might think they have a cold while they are actually suffering from allergies.
The majority of these individuals are not aware that the foods they eat are causing sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes because they are allergic. The following includes some vital information on different types of allergies, ranging from foods like milk and meat, to environmental conditions.
Recent studies have shown that almost 1 in 20 young children under the age of 5 years and almost 1 in 25 adults are allergic to at least one food. These reports have made people more aware of allergies and to sensitize them on the dangers and sign of allergies, making it a public concern.
While food allergies are clearly very common, they aren’t the only foods that people tend to be allergic to. Other common allergies include mold, dust, pollen and even medications. People should also be aware that allergies tend to run in the family, so if your parents or other close relatives have allergies, it is likely that you will suffer from the same affliction. Because of this, allergy testing is extremely important.
Everyone in the family needs to be aware of the allergies because things like peanuts or shellfish can cause a severe allergic reaction when the person allergic is even close to it. By testing everything, the family knows who else suffers from these allergies and they avoid bringing in food or other things that cause these reactions.
Seasonal and pet allergies are also quite common. Seasonal allergies cause individuals to experience the typical allergy symptoms during the spring, summer, fall and/or winter. Some people have allergies during each season, while others only experience it in select seasons. Pet allergies are generally from the pet dander released from cats and dogs.
Families who suspect allergies should take precaution and take their family members for a doctor visit to look for allergies. This includes skin tests where a doctor uses a needle to put a small amount of allergen into the skin.
This does not harm the individual, but the doctor is able to look for a reaction in the skin and see if this allergen is one they are allergic to. Another type of allergy test includes taking a sample of the person’s blood and having it testing in the lab.
In the case of food allergies, they occur due to an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body’s immune system. For some reason, these individual’s bodies simply cannot tolerate the type of food. The most common food allergies are peanuts or nuts in general, shellfish like crab and lobster, other meat items and milk, which is called lactose intolerance.
Being allergic to milk is so common that doctors urge parents only to give their infants a very small amount of cow’s milk and see how they react to it. Infants are often allergic to milk and high quantities can cause them to experience severe side effects. If the infant or child looks to be in distress with abdominal pain or hives that are red like eczema, they should get medical attention right away. This is likely a sign of being allergic to cow’s milk.
If you suspect you or a family member has an allergy, get them tested right away. It is important to identify different allergens so that you can keep them away from them. Some allergies cause severe reactions, like anaphylactic shock.
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