Allergies and the Immune System
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Allergies and the Immune System

The immune system becomes greatly affected in the case of a severe allergic reaction cause by multiple hazards such as shell fish and pollen. This article tells what a person might exhibit when they begin to have a reaction, including what steps to take on how to cure the person before they can go into shock or worst.

The immune system is known as the protector against viruses, germs and other harmful things that can enter the body. Although the immune system is meant to protect us from getting sick, it cannot always be successful against allergies. Allergies are defined as a damaging response to the body’s immune system to substances, i.e. the system makes mistakes too by attacking with greater ferocity than needed.

Besides the everyday allergens such as pollen and dust, various types of allergies such as seasonal (tree and grass pollen), pet, shellfish and food are common amongst people. Common symptoms includes sneezing and hiving, but allergens that start with a sneeze here and there can become severe to those who are high risk, so how can you distinguish the difference from a mild and severe allergy?

Severe Allergies are also known as “Anaphylaxis” that is common in food allergies and bee stings. As mentioned above, shell fish such as lobster and shrimp, nuts/seeds and dairy can trigger the reaction, causing the patient to experience symptoms including pain, vomiting, hives and diarrhea. Medication used for treatment called Epinephrine sustains the reaction by relaxing the immune system and counteracts the reaction; this is inserted by injection in the thigh area. All allergens are also known increase stress and pressure, to relieve the stressors patients often refer to massage therapy to relax.

Massage therapy has been shown to help patients with seasonal allergies by reducing inflammation, and treatments such as aromatherapy are used to open the nasal and sinus cavities.

Techniques including Swedish massage eases the stress that will prevent the immune system from over reacting, exciting the stressors that causes the symptoms.

One in five people suffer from an allergy, and those who have allergies don’t even know it. My neighbor discovered his allergy accidentally when his brother gave him leftovers from the popular eatery Red Lobster. He gave him shrimp Alfredo and a few hours after eating the meal; his entire body began to break into hives. He contacted his physician and was told to get Benadryl and head to the emergency room otherwise the result can be fatal. My neighbor is one of the sixty percent of Americans who experienced an Hypersensitivity reaction which means a delayed reaction. There are multiple procedures that can determine that you have allergies including;

  • Skin Test where a small allergen is injected or scratched on the skin, that area would turn red if you do.

  • Blood Test only used if skin test can’t be performed

  • Nasal Smear doctors check the amount of eosinophils in your nose. 

The best possible way to prevent allergies from happening is to avoid them at most by getting to know your allergy. Trace back to when you first experienced the reaction and figure out what triggered it. In addition, Simple solutions such as keeping your living space free from dust and pollen and investing in air purifiers will lessen the risk of an attack.   

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