Allergic Reactions require prompt treatment or they can have serious consequences. Metro UrgiCare offers urgent care to Norwood, East Tremont, Morris Heights, Parkchester in Bronx, NY and Brooklyn, NY residents.
Allergic Reactions Q & A
What is an Allergy?
Normally, the body is able to defend itself from dangerous things like viruses and bacteria. However, in some people, the body tries to defend itself against non-harmful substances like dust and pollen. In this defense effort, the body make immunoglobulin antibodies. These antibodies are then sent to work when exposed to the harmless substance. This causes a range of symptoms that may be unpleasant or even life-threatening in some cases.
What Are the Causes of Allergic Reactions?
Thousands of different things can cause allergic reactions. Some of the more common allergens include pollen, mold, dust, animal dander, some types of food, some medications, and insect stings.
Where do Allergic Reactions Appear?
Allergic reactions can happen at any place on the body. They most often appear on the skin, in the nose, in the eyes, in the throat, in the sinuses, and in the lungs. All of these places tend to experience an allergic reaction, as these are the areas where immune system cells normally fight off bacteria and viruses.
Who is Susceptible to Allergic Reactions?
People of any age can have allergies, and allergies don’t discriminate when it comes to race and gender. It appears that children are more vulnerable to allergic reactions than adults. Allergies appear to have a genetic component, so people with one or more close relatives who suffer from allergies are more likely to develop allergies themselves.
How is Allergy Testing Done?
There are several testing methods for allergies. Intradermal skin tests are also called prick tests. Tiny drops of allergen extracts are placed in punctures on the patient’s arm to observe reactions in this test. Patch testing is done for suspected skin allergies. In this test, many different potential allergens are placed in patches on the skin so the reaction can be checked.
How Are Allergies Treated?
There are a variety of treatments for allergies, including medication and allergy shots. Treatment for allergic reactions is customized for the individual.