Since fall is on its way, some people face life-threatening allergies. These allergies may be due to ragweed, for instance, which are plants whose flowers produce large amounts of pollen. There are many other allergy factors specific to the season. Generally speaking, allergies are either mild or moderate or rather severe.
It has been revealed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that children are inclined to develop allergies more than adults. It is believed many people during the autumnal season especially suffer from allergies derived via weeds and molds, fungi growth.
These specific allergies are prone to develop illnesses to the sufferer involving hay fever (due to ragweed), also known as allergic rhinitis, eczemas (or atopic dermatitis) and asthma. Moreover, ear infections may appear as symptoms of allergies.
Concerning children, their body’s immune system releases antibodies known as immunoglobin E (IgE). These antibodies are key elements in the allergic reaction. The immunoglobin E triggers unpleasant physical symptoms related to particular seasonal allergies, via the release of certain chemicals. These symptoms may include difficulty in breathing, a runny nose, itchy eyes and the swelling of the tongue, lips or throat.
It is advisable that you consult with your pediatrician or physician if you child displays such symptoms.
There are some medications for treating seasonal allergies, but be aware of the fact that an allergy test should be issued before using any of them, especially in the case of severe allergies. Moreover, your pediatrician will be able to find out which treatment is the most appropriate for your child’s allergy, once submitted to the allergy test. Your doctor will be able to tell you which environmental factors that would trigger an allergy are to be avoided by your child, while also prescribing the best allergy-repellant medicine.
Moreover, some children and adults may be allergic to pets. Statistics show that approximately 12 percent of Americans are allergic to cats, and 12 percent to dogs, respectively. The data was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
A veterinarian in San Diego, Jessica Vogelsang, said that there was no such thing as “hypoallergenic” cats or dogs, and that means that some of these fluffy creatures may cause an allergic reaction regardless.
But allergist and Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, Dr. Clifford Bassett, said that you’d have to actually check whether you’re allergic to pets, or expressly to pollens or mold spores that the cat or dog would bring into the house. Therefore, an allergy test would be imperative.
It could be finally pointed out that, according to Tonya Winders, President of the nonprofit organization Allergy & Asthma Network, epinephrine would be the most indicated treatment for anaphylaxis, one of those severe allergic reactions. But even if you could carry epinephrine auto-injectors, it is highly advisable that you call 911, for further appropriate care.
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