What Are Allergies?
As many as 1 in 5 people experience allergies in the U.S. Allergies are the body’s reactions to something known as an allergen. Allergens can take the form of pollen or dust or something like pet dander. If you encounter something and start sneezing or your eyes begin to tear – you’re probably allergic to it. The most common allergies involve nuts, pets, pollen and dust mites.

What Causes Allergies?
Allergies arise from the immune system over-reacting to an allergen within the body. A series of reactions in the body evokes the release of histamine, the culprit of your allergy symptoms. When your body meets this allergen, the body views it as harmful and tries to destroy it. You can be allergic to anything, though some allergies are more common than others.

When You Should Seek Treatment
If you’re experiencing a severe allergic reaction, seek treatment. Allergies can be life-threatening if left untreated. Typical symptoms involve a runny nose, sneezing, hives, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, asthma and swelling of the body. Your eyes, lips, and tongues are the most common parts of the body to experience swelling, and medical attention should be sought right away if this occurs.

Why You Should Seek Treatment
Anaphylaxis is a serious complication that can occur when a severe allergic reaction is triggered and can be fatal. It is most commonly associated with allergies that involve food, penicillin or insect venom and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include a drop-in blood pressure, severe shortness of breath, skin rash, a rapid or weakened pulse, nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness or severe wheezing. Allergies can reduce your overall quality of life and result in a reduction in performance at work or while doing everyday activities. If your allergies are beginning to affect your daily life, it’s time to seek treatment.

Avoiding allergens can be the easiest and most successful method of reducing complications, but it is not always feasible. Getting stung by a bee cannot always be prevented, nor is breathing in pollen. Medications known as antihistamines can offer relief, especially during pollen season, but may not offer the help everyone is seeking.

Chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with traditional remedies to reduce allergy symptoms. Adjustments to the spine and body can bring about better balance to the body and reduce the stress that can worsen allergy symptoms. Your chiropractor can also assist in monitoring how your immune system functions and offer methods to help improve its functionality. For people with more severe allergies, carrying around epinephrine – a potentially life-saving substance – can be useful. If you’ve suffered from a severe allergic reaction, always seek emergency medical treatment.

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