For reasons still unknown to researchers, some people develop a reaction to certain things, causing an abnormal reaction to foreign products in the body, which may not cause a similar reaction in others. Allergies are one of the most troublesome of afflictions as it can take time to determine what is causing the reaction as well as how to combat the symptoms. Different people may have allergies to different items and the symptoms can range from a runny nose to anaphylactic shock, leading to death.
It is commonly believed that allergies are caused by an immune problems that recognizes something as a threat in some people and not in others. When they immune system detects what it believes to be a threat to the body, it take steps to combat the perceived intruder. The symptoms produced by these allergies can include a runny nose, itching, watering eyes and skin rashes including hives. While most symptoms of allergies will disappear when the item leaves the body, others can be long lasting.
Most of time the time reaction to allergies is an inconvenience, but they can have life-altering affects. If a person has an allergic reaction to pet hair or pet dander, for example, they will not be able to own a pet or have on in their home.
Some Allergic Reactions Can Be Filtered Out
For some folks simple household chores such as sweeping or vacuuming can spark symptoms of allergies due to dust and dust mites. Pollen from indoor plants has also been found to cause allergies is some people. Filters built into vacuum cleaners can help prevent the dust from being broadcast into the air while vacuuming and whole-house filtering systems can capture a large portion of airborne particles and prevent attacks.
There are a few tests that help determine if a person’s symptoms are caused by allergies but the most reliable is the skin prick test, conducted under the watchful eye of an allergy specialist. Items known to cause allergies are injected into the skin through a series of needles and the reaction to the individual items are monitored to verify the reaction. Once a cause is determined, the person can take steps to avoid exposure to that item.
There is medication available, developed by allergists that can help people get through the symptoms of allergies while going about their daily routine. Additionally, there are pre-emptive medications can stop symptoms of some allergies before they appear. While more effective that reactive types of drugs, the specific cause will need to be learned before taking such drugs.