Let’s Talk About Allergies: Causes and Symptoms of Allergies

Our immune system defends us from typical threats including virus and bacteria and sometimes even against substances that typically don’t pose a threat to our body. Known as allergens, our body reacts to certain substances causing allergies and can be the causes and symptoms of allergies.

Allergens can enter our body through various ways including touch, inhale or things we eat.

Let’s find out what can be the causes and symptoms of an allergic reaction?

Does allergies run in your family? If one of your close relatives has an allergy issue, chances are you might be at risk of developing one as allergies can be inherited.

Your doctor might not know the cause of your allergy. The causes of all the allergies are still not known, (yes, there are multiple types of allergies).  Here are some known substances that can cause allergic reaction:

  1. Pollen
  2. Mold
  3. Pet dander
  4. Insect sting
  5. Certain food
  6. Medication
  7. Certain cloth
  8. Plants

If these are the symptoms you have been struggling with then you might have an allergy:

  • Red spots or rashes on the skin
  • Itching
  • Nasal congestion
  • Scratchy throat
  • Watery eyes

If you are suffering from the following symptoms then you might be severely allergic:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heart palpitations
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness

 Parts of your body that will react to allergies are:

  • Airways
  • Nose
  • Skin 
  • Mouth
  • Digestive system

What to do if someone is experiencing an allergic reaction?

  • Call for help
  • Check if they have an inhaler
  • Try to keep the person calm
  • Help the person lie on their back and raise their feet above
  • Do not crowd the person, give them enough space to breathe
  • If bleeding or vomiting, turn them on their side
  • Avoid giving them anything to drink or eat

How can you prevent an allergic reaction?

If you have a known allergy, you can prevent an onset allergic reaction by avoiding the allergen and if you are still struggling to find out what substance you are allergic to, take help of your doctor or our holistic health experts to find the cause of your allergy.

Once you identify your allergen, make sure to

-Avoid the allergen

-Take prescribed medication

-Carry your medication along as the allergy season had begun

Avoiding an allergic reaction might not be possible completely but these steps can help reduce the chances. Want to learn more about allergies, their causes, symptoms, treatments? Get answers to your questions about allergies or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs