When Should I Seek Medical Attention for My Allergies?
Affecting millions of Americans, allergies are among the most common medical conditions. Allergy symptoms can range from a slight runny nose and occasional sneeze to severe, anaphylactic reactions.
Our immune system is built to protect us from invading organisms that cause illness. But with allergies, our immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless organism for a harmful, invading one. The immune system then reacts to this organism which is now an allergen and produces antibodies to fight against it. These antibodies release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. Typically the allergic symtoms are triggered in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or the skin.
Although allergies are most common in children, they can occcur at any time and at any age.
If allergies are causing you discomfort or hindering your work or family life, please come visit us and see how we can help.
What About Asthma?
For some of the population, allergies can also trigger the onset of asthma.
Patients with asthma always have inflamed airways, but when something triggers an onset of symptoms, their airways become even more swollen and the muscles around them can tighten. This leads to an experience of tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and wheezing and coughing attacks.
Althought the exact cause of asthma is unknown, effective treatment options are available and most people with asthma can live normal, active and productive lives.
With the help of your allergist, you can learn to control your asthma condition and improve your quality of life. Please come see us to learn how we can help.