Early Diagnosis For Allergy Relief

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Allergies can happen to almost anyone, although the causes vary from one person to the next. The most common symptom of an allergic reaction is itchiness on the eyes, nose and throat. The eyes often becomes watery, mucus starts to drip from the nose and some swelling on the skin, often called hives, welts or the more medical name, angiodema can also appear.

Dangers From An Allergic Reaction

1. Angiodema

Angiodema is an allergic reaction to exposure to extreme changes in temperature, animal dander, insect bites, medications such as blood pressure pills, foods such as eggs, milk, nuts, seafoods, berries and the most common airborne allergen, pollen. Swelling happens beneath the skin, often around the eye area, the lips, throat, hands and feet. It may look like a swollen line or small welts around the neck, arms and feet. The worst form of angiodema can cause stomach cramps, swollen lips and mouth, and the most dangerous, swelling of the bronchial tubes which will impede breathing.

2. Asthma

When the bronchial tubes get inflamed because of the body's reactions to an allergen, air is constricted from circulating, and wheezing happens. In most people, especially children, this can lead to an asthma attack.

3. Choking

For children, the most difficult allergic reaction is when they start feeling choked because of food allergies, usually nuts, strawberries or milk. If left untreated, it may cause them not just distress, but also death.

Allergy Relief

To find allergy relief fast, you must consult with your doctor who can conduct blood tests to find out the exact allergen that is causing the allergy attack. Several allergens are considered, from dust mites, mold, cloth fibers, foods, pollen and animal dander. The patient is evaluated for possible hereditary allergies as well.

Early Diagnosis

To help your doctor diagnose your allergies, you need to remember when you started having these allergic reactions. If you often have these reactions only during specific times of the year, like from September to October, it is mostly a seasonal allergy. On most instances, however, the cause is pollen or food. However, you alone can give clues on the causes of your allergies, and you can help by keeping track of substances that trigger these allergic reactions.

If your blood and skin tests prove negative for most allergens, you may be asked to take a RAST or radioallergosorbent test, which is done on a person's blood sample to detect allergic sensitivities to specific allergens. In this test, certain substances are mixed with the blood, and the level of antibodies is then measured. A high level indicates an allergic reaction.

Once your particular allergens are traced, your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes a bronchidilator. You will also be instructed to avoid foods, refrain from getting too close to certain animals, and getting an air filter which are the usual remedies for allergy relief.

You don't have to suffer from allergic reactions often, if you are aware of what triggers them. Avoid exposure to the causes of your allergies and keep your environment clean in order to prevent future allergy attacks.

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This article was published on 2010/09/11