Allergy Also called: Hypersensitivity
Are you ready to put the squeeze on the sneeze? Why shouldn't you be able to enjoy the outdoors and the seasons like everyone else? Well, you can. Allergies can be fought ... and the battle can be won. Properly functioning noses are truly useful gifts from Mother Nature. So, grab your tissues and call our office today. Tests, treatment and time will greatly reduce your symptoms.
An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing. Most common substances that often cause allergic reactions are
How do you get allergies? Scientists think both genes and the environment have something to do with it. Normally, your immune system is your body's defense system. However, in most allergic reactions, your immune system is responding to a false alarm.Some of the symptoms allergies can cause are a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Although allergies can make you feel bad, they usually won't kill you. However, a severe reaction called anaphylaxis can be life-threatening.
Each spring, summer, and fall, trees, weeds and grasses release tiny pollen grains into the air. Some of the pollen ends up in your nose and throat. This can trigger a type of allergy called
hay fever. Symptoms can include
- Sneezing, often with a runny or clogged nose
- Coughing and postnasal drip
- Itching eyes, nose and throat
- Dark circles under the eyes
Taking medicines, using nasal sprays and rinsing out your nose can relieve symptoms. Allergy shots can help make you less sensitive to pollen and provide long-term relief.
Indoor Air Pollution
We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your house or office could also be polluted. Sources of
indoor pollution include
"Sick building syndrome" occurs when several people are affected, but no specific source of the illness is found. Indoor air quality problems usually only cause discomfort, and most people feel better as soon as they eliminate the source of the pollution. However, some pollutants can cause diseases that show up much later, such as respiratory diseases or cancer. Making sure that your building is well-ventilated and eliminating pollutants can improve the quality of your indoor air.
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