Here you'll find some quick answers to some common questions about allergies...
What is an allergy? An allergy is an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance. These sensitizing substances, called allergens, may be inhaled, swallowed, or come in contact with the skin. When an allergen is absorbed into the body it triggers white blood cells to produce IgE antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to mast cells, causing release of potent chemical mediators such as histamine, causing typcal allergic symptoms.
What are common allergens? Some common allergens are pollen, mold spores, dust mites, animal dander, feathers, foods, medications, and insect stings.
How do I know if I have allergies? While there are many symptoms of allergy: watery, itchy eyes, sneezing, and a constant runny nose are among the most common. If you suspect you may be suffering from an allergies, contact an allergist/immunologist for a professional diagnosis and treatment plan.
What are factors that contribute to asthma attacks? There are many different types of factors that can trigger an asthma attack. Allergens, viral infections, sinusitis, irritants such as strong odors, chalk dust, tobacco smoke, temperature changes, exercise, gastroesphageal reflux, chemical irritants, certain medications, and emotional anxiety all can contribute to frequency and severity of asthma attacks.