Allergy and Asthma Season

Allergies happen when the immune system becomes unusually sensitive and overreacts to common substances such as pollens, mold,s dust, or food. Genetic tendency plays a role in some allergies while other, like peanut allergy, are still being studied for a better understanding of possible contributing factors.

In the Woodlands, we have enough of an allergy problem that there is actually anĀ allergy forecast attached to local weather. This article will discuss options for asthma and allergy care in the Woodlands.

Depending on the individual and the particular allergen, symptoms can affect:

  • the upper and the lower respiratory tract
  • the the skin
  • the digestive system
  • organs

Each allergy sufferer is different. Every allergic reaction is different. With this in mind, how is the best way to manage asthma and allergies?

Why Are Some People More Allergic Than Others?

Some allergies develop after a long period of exposure while others develop after a relatively short exposure. Some allergies are lifelong while others disappear in time. Once sensitization occurs the simplest way to prevent symptoms like itchy eyes, watery nose, breathing issues, coughing and wheezing rashes is avoidance of what makes the allergy happen.

We know some people are just more reactive than others to potential allergens.

What Causes Allergic Reaction?

Your immune system makes antibodies that are involved in the allergic reaction. This antibody is called IgE. Dring an allergic reaction the antibodies that are attached to these cells release chemicals including histamine which results in inflammation and symptoms of allergy. This is why you are probably familiar with the term antihistamine as a way to stop or manage allergies.

The Most Severe Allergic Reaction

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical treatment. Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergy and it usually involves more than one body system, for example, a wasp sting that causes swelling at the site and generalised hives but also causes respiratory difficulties. There are many deaths each year due to anaphylactic allergies and the most common anaphylactic reactants are from insect stings, medication, latex,and peanut.

Epi- pens (epinephrine) are used as an emergency treatment anaphylactic reactions require a trip to the ER.

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of your respiratory system and is often diagnosed in childhood. Triggers can include the same allergens that would cause hayfever however with asthma the afflicted population will have episodes of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness that require one of two treatments:

  1. Long term-controller medications are the most important because they prevent future asthma attacks.When you use these drugs, your airways are less inflamed and less likely to react to triggers.
  2. Rescue or quick relief medications relax the muscles around your airway. If you have to use a rescue medication more than twice a week you are not controlling asthma well enough and an adjustment to long-term controller meds is usually needed.

Consult a local professional for the best ways to avoid allergy symptoms.

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