About Allergies

By Dr. Coco

March 13, 2023

Allergies are one of the most common medical conditions that affect people today. They can range from mild to severe and can cause a variety of symptoms, including sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and skin rashes. Allergies can be caused by a variety of different allergens such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and certain foods. While allergies are often thought of as an annoyance or inconvenience, they can be very serious and even life-threatening in some cases.

When someone is exposed to an allergen their body releases chemicals called histamines which trigger the allergic reaction. This reaction results in inflammation and swelling of the airways which makes it difficult for the person to breathe. In some cases this can lead to anaphylactic shock which is a potentially fatal condition if not treated quickly with epinephrine injections. People suffering from severe allergies may need to carry an EpiPen with them at all times in case of exposure to an allergen they are allergic to.

The best way to manage allergies is by avoiding exposure to the allergens that cause them. For example if someone is allergic to pollen they should avoid going outdoors during high pollen counts or wear a mask when outside. People who have pet allergies should keep their pets out of their bedrooms and vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to reduce pet dander in the home environment. If avoidance is not possible then taking antihistamines or using nasal sprays may help reduce symptoms associated with allergies but should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or healthcare professional.

In addition to avoiding exposure and taking medications there are also other treatments available for people suffering from allergies such as immunotherapy (allergy shots) or oral immunotherapy (allergy drops). Immunotherapy works by exposing the patient to small doses of the allergen over time so that their body becomes used it and no longer reacts negatively when exposed again in larger amounts. Oral immunotherapy involves taking allergy drops containing tiny doses of allergens under the tongue once daily for several months until tolerance has been built up enough that reactions no longer occur when exposed again in larger amounts. Both treatments require close monitoring by a doctor or healthcare professional so before starting any treatment it’s important to speak with your doctor first about what’s right for you.

Allergies can be very disruptive but fortunately there are many ways to manage them effectively so you can still live your life without being hindered by your condition!