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Allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. The aim of the immune
system is to mobilize its forces at the site of invasion and destroy the invaders - the
antigens. Antigens may or may not lead to an allergic reaction. The antigens leading to
an allergic reaction and the production of IgE (an antibody) are called allergens. In
allergy, excessive activation of certain white blood cells (mast cells) and basophils
happens, leading to an extreme inflammatory response. Common allergic reactions
include eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attacks, food allergies and reactions to the
venom of stinging insects.
Allergy Symptoms and Some Common Allergic Reactions
Allergies are the result of inappropriate immune responses to normally harmless
substances. Allergy symptoms vary widely, from the sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal
congestion of mild "hay fever" to severe rashes, swelling, and shock. Thus, allergy
symptoms are similar to the common cold. Unlike colds, allergies are caused by
allergens or things that aggravate your immune system, such as grass and tree pollen,
and are not contagious. While colds only last about a week, allergies can last for up to
Symptoms of food allergy include abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, itchy
skin, and swelling of the skin during hives.
Insect stings, antibiotics, and certain medicines produce a systemic allergic response
that is also called anaphylaxis; multiple organ systems can be affected, including the
digestive system, the respiratory system, and the circulatory system. Depending on the
rate of severity, it can cause cutaneous reactions, bronchoconstriction, edema,
hypotension, coma, and even death.
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs that airborne allergens can trigger in
susceptible people; tobacco smoke, air pollution, viral respiratory infections, or
strenuous exercise can also contribute.
About half of all Americans test positive for at least 1 of the 10 most common allergens:
* Bermuda grass
* Rye grass
* White oak
* Russian thistle
* Alternaria mold
* House dust mite
* German cockroach
Food allergy occurs in 6 to 8 percent of children age 6 years or younger and in 2
percent of adults.21 Common food allergens include:
* Cow’s milk
* Nuts. Peanuts and tree nuts are the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal food allergy
Natural allergy treatment and remedy, supplements and foods
It has been suggested that fresh fruits and vegetables usually contain a large about of
flavonoids, and these flavonoids usually have anti-inflammatory properties. It is
believed that eating more vegetables may reduce the severity of hay fever.
Commercial Flavonids include quercetin, vitamin C, actylcysteine and xanthones
(mongosteen). Herbs such as stinging nettle and grapeseed extract may help.
How to prevent allergy
There are some simple things you can do to prevent allergies: 1. Wash bedding often,
2. Vacuum often to reduce dust and allergens in the air, 3. Reduce pet dander by
avoiding pets with feathers or fur, 4. Shut out pollen by changing the air filter of AC
often, 5. Avoid mold spores by limiting houseplants and reducing the moisture in
bathroom and kitchen, and 6. Wear facemask if you are outside.
Food allergy is an overreaction of the immune system, different than food intolerance
or food sensitivity. Then, avoid the food causing allergy.
In a severe reaction, the first priority is to administer any emergency medications your
doctor has prescribed to you. Usually, the choice of medication and how it is given
depends on the severity of the reaction.
Epinephrine - This is given only in very severe reactions (anaphylaxis).
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - This drug reverses the effects of histamine and may be
injected when needed or given orally for mild reactions.
This article overviews some key aspects of allergy. For details, please, discuss with
your healthcare providers.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: http://blog.usa.gov, Wikipedia, http://www.niaid.nih.gov