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OVERVIEW

Do you know?

  • Allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases.
  • 30% of the population in India suffers from some form of allergies.

What is an Allergy?

  • It is an immune response (Biological defenses to fight infection & diseases) to substances that are usually harmless.
  • The substances that cause allergic reactions are Allergens.

What are the common Allergens?

  • Animals (especially cats, dogs, horses), especially furry animals.
  • Food, such as milk, gluten.
  • Pollen
  • Bites of wasp and bees.
  • Pollution and Dust.
  • Mites (tiny 1mm or less insects) and Molds (type of fungus).
  • Household chemicals and sprays.
  • Certain medication.

What is an Allergic Reaction?

  • When you have allergies, your immune system makes an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies respond to allergens. The symptoms that result are an allergic reaction.
  • Anything from pollen to mold to animals to food can trigger an allergic reaction in someone who is allergic. And while some people may outgrow their existing allergies, new ones could spring up at any time.

SYMPTOMS

Allergy symptoms can range from mild—like sneezing and watery eyes—to severe – like anaphylaxis, a rare but serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. Listed below are common allergy symptoms.

  • Rash
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congestion
  • Sneezings
  • Itchiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty in breathing and swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that can impair breathing and send the body into shock

COMMON CATEGORIES

Allergies exist in many different forms, but the majority fall into below categories

Year-Round Allergies

Year-round allergies, also called perennial allergies or indoor allergies, are a result of coming into contact with something that you’re allergic to,  regardless of the season.
If you’re always sniffling and sneezing, you may think of your home as your place to escape and recuperate from what seems like an endless cold. But some things hidden in your home may actually be the cause of your symptoms.

COMMON YEAR-ROUND ALLERGY TRIGGERS

  • Animals
  • Dust Mites
  • Insects
  • Mold

Seasonal Allergies

It happens at the same time every year, without fail—you get cold-like symptoms. But maybe it’s not a cold—maybe it’s a seasonal allergy. A seasonal allergy is a result of coming into contact with something that you’re allergic to that’s only around during a specific time of the year. A common example is pollen season.

Seasonal allergies are sometimes called seasonal allergic rhinitis or more commonly known, hay fever (although they have nothing to do with hay or fevers). They are also sometimes called outdoor, fall, or spring allergies.
Your symptoms can change from day to day, depending on the weather. High humidity can make mold grow quickly, while pollen counts surge when it’s warm and windy. 

COMMON SEASONAL ALLERGY TRIGGERS

  • Grass Pollens
  • Tree Pollens
  • Weed Pollens

FOOD ALLERGY

Food allergies, like all allergies, are the body’s immune system reacting to something that is normally harmless to most people–like the proteins in milk or in eggs. Coming in contact with one of these foods isn’t a problem for some, but if you have an allergy, eating these could potentially become a life or death situation.

WHY DON’T I HAVE SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE TIME?

You may think that only pollen causes your symptoms, but other allergic triggers may be involved, too. In fact, 80% of people with allergies are allergic to more than one thing. Everyone has their own unique combination of allergic triggers and not all of them are obvious.

You may experience mild reactions to several things, but they are so small that you do not notice them on their own. However, when you encounter multiple things you are allergic to at the same time, all of those small reactions can add up to the point where you start having symptoms.

Determining if you have allergies and identifying your allergic triggers can help you stay below the point-your symptom threshold-where you start sniffling and sneezing.

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