Allergic reactions can worsen over time, getting more severe with each occurrence. Severe allergic reactions can be life-threatening. Allergies to certain medications such as antibiotics or even aspirin can be very dangerous as well as allergies to natural rubber latex. If you have experienced an intense allergic reaction, you may want to consider allergy testing to help determine the cause and the severity of the allergy. Allergy blood tests are convenient and provide reliable and easy to understand results.
Millions of people suffer from food allergies without ever realizing it. In some cases, the allergies are genetically inherited, so entire families may be allergic to a food and not know it. Symptoms that you may have previously passed off as normal may be the result of an allergy to certain foods.
An environmental allergy is a hypersensitivity to normally harmless substances in the environment.An allergic reaction is typically characterized by an intense inflammatory reaction that comes on quickly. Symptoms of an allergy can include sneezing, coughing, wheezing, nasal swelling, itchy / red eyes, ear pain, skin rashes or hives, and when affecting the gastrointestinal system bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting. Environmental allergic reactions include reactions to mold, insect stings, eczema, asthma attacks, and the extremely common allergic rhinitis or hay fever, which causes a mild reaction of sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
An extreme allergic reaction, called an anaphylaxis, may result in swelling of the throat and nasal passage causing breathing difficulties, shock, rapid irregular pulse and loss of consciousness. In an anaphylaxis reaction the symptoms intensify swiftly. A severe allergic reaction to food is often treated with epinephrine or adrenaline. A physician may prescribe a self-injection device with a pre-measured dose of medicine for patients with known severe food allergies, which should be carried at all times.
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