Allergies are your body’s reaction to certain substances that your body finds aggravating, and is also one of the most common chronic conditions. When you’re allergic to a substance, your immune system may mistake that substance for a harmful invader, and respond by producing IgE antibodies, which release histamine and other chemicals. These chemicals can then trigger the allergic response, which can vary from mild symptoms to potentially life-threatening.
What Are Typical Symptoms of an Allergy?
Most of the symptoms of an allergy occur in the mucous membranes, which can affect areas such as the lungs, throat, nose, sinuses, and lining of the stomach. Some people may also experience rashes on their skin due to allergies. In severe cases, people may experience an anaphylactic reaction which can be life-threatening, but luckily can be treated through the use of epinephrine. People with severe allergies should always carry an epipen in case of unexpected allergic reactions. People who have had an anaphylactic reaction may also be likely to experience one again, so if you’ve experienced symptoms of swelling, chest tightness, and shortness of breath after being exposed to an allergen, contact one of our specialists at the Westover Hills Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio, TX to arrange an appointment.
What Can Cause Allergies?
Anything can become an allergen to a particular person, but the most common allergies include exposure to:
- Foods, particularly nuts and fruits
- Insect bites and stings
- Certain medications
- Skincare products
- Animal dander
- Food allergies
Allergies can stem from childhood and may be inherited from parents, but other allergies develop on their own throughout the course of your life. This is because your immune system is constantly learning and deciding what is an infection and what isn’t.
What Should You Do About Allergies?
If you have symptoms of allergies, such as a blocked or a runny nose, itchy or swollen eyes, itchy skin or swelling of the lips and throat, book an appointment with one of our specialists at the Westover Hills Dermatology clinic located in San Antonio, TX. We would love to assist you in identifying potential allergies, as well as determining effective steps to take towards managing your allergies. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!