Allergy? – A Warning Bell of My Body?!

Allergies! - A Warning Bell of My Body

An allergy refers to an exaggerated reaction by the immune system in response to exposure to few foreign substances. The response is exaggerated because these foreign substances are mainly seen by the body as harmless in nonallergic things and do not react as responsive in them. In allergic persons, the body recognizes the foreign substance, and the allergic part of the immune system creates a response.

Allergy-producing substances are called “allergens.” Examples of allergens include pollens, dust mites, molds, animal proteins, foods, and medications. When an allergic person comes in contact with an allergen, the immune system creates a response through the IgE antibody. People who are prone to allergies are said to be allergic.

Allergy Worldwide:

  • Approximately 10%-30% of individuals in the industrialized world are affected by allergic conditions, and this number is increasing.
  • Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) affects roughly 20% of Americans. Between prescription costs, physician visits, and missed days of work/school, the economic burden of allergic disease exceeds $3 billion annually.
  • Asthma affects roughly 8%-10% of Americans. The estimated health costs for asthma exceed approximately $20 billion annually.
  • Food allergies affect roughly 3%-6% of children in the United States, and roughly 1%-2% of adults in the
    • The prevalence of allergic conditions has increased significantly over the last two decades and continues to rise.  

    What Are the Symptoms?

    Your symptoms depend on how you’re exposed — through the air, your skin, food, or through an insect bite.

    If you’ve got a nasal or skin allergy, common symptoms include:

    • Itchy, watery eyes
    • Sneezing
    • Itchy, runny nose
    • Rashes
    • Feeling tired or ill
    • Hives (a rash with raised red patches)

    Food allergies can also cause stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.

    Who Gets Allergies?

5 comments

  1. I stumbled across your blog post while searching for allergies rhinitis. I don’t necessarily have only a seasonal problem. It’s more about hypersensitivity in my nose that causes sneezing spells from any of the various allergy triggers/causes. And then due to incessant sneezing, it irritates my internal nasal skin till its sore (rhinitis). And this is through out the year – although more pronounced during pollen season and monsoon rainy season.

    Over the years, with self-observation, I have figured out those allergies root causes and try to “manage” them as best as I can and my condition has improved. But how I wish that there was a permanent solution to my allergies rhinitis problem.

    Please do visit my blog http://allergiesrhinitis.wordpress.com where I have listed my allergies rhinitis related problems, causes and solutions learned. Please add comments / notes there if, after reading my notes, you think of some solutions or want to share any insights that may help. Looking forward to help and collaboration.

    Thanks!

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