allergens

Are You One Of Them?

Fifty percent of Americans test positive for allergens. Allergens are a type of antigen. These antigens cause an abnormal response in the body. At times, the response is vigorous. Therefore, the body fights allergens with great power.

Types of Allergens

Many allergen types are very common. This can include food allergens as well as exposure to things outside the body. Here are some of the most common food items which cause allergic reactions:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Eggs
  • Milks
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Soy

When coming into contact with other substances, foreign proteins enter the body. This can also cause allergic reactions. A list of the most common items includes:

  • Poison ivy
  • Poison oak
  • Dust mites
  • Cat & dog hair
  • Penicillin
  • Mold spores
  • Bee & wasp stings
  • Latex
  • Wood products

A True Allergic Reaction

How do you distinguish between a simple allergy and a true allergic reaction? Allergy tests check for increased levels of antibodies in the blood stream. When increased, the antibodies cause the immune system to begin the war against invaders.

Recognize the Symptoms

Oftentimes, it is hard to distinguish the difference between an allergy and reaction. Here are some tips to help in the process:

  • Keep a diary of the symptoms
  • Watch the timing of symptoms
  • Go with your gut feeling
  • Consult a family physician

Individuals who suffer from a runny nose and itchy eyes often know they have allergies. Those who begin to experience green mucous from the nose should be concerned. This is not normal and a medical evaluation warrants.

Do you have an issue during seasonal changes? This can be related to seasonal allergies. Or, have you tried a new food? Then, you begin itching hours later. Consider the strong probability of a reaction.

It doesn’t hurt to go with your gut feeling. Our bodies are designed to provide us with a warning system. This is especially true when things are array. Always, consult a family physician with any concerns.

Have you had an allergy reaction? Or, do you suffer from allergies? Blab Shack would love to hear your insights! Leave us a comment below!

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