Stay Informed. Stay Healthy
Immune system is tuned to protect us, but in allergy it turns against us. Allergic responses could be both minor or severe depending upon the variants. At worst, an allergan can lead to anaphylactic shock, which demands immediate medical attention to prevent serious illness or death in a few cases. People with asthma and eczema, are other examples.
Here is the list of common allergens:
Certain foods like fish, shellfish,milk,nuts,eggs, chocolate, wheat, soya
Antibiotics - Tetracycline, Penicillin
Other drugs - Insulin
Venoms - Bee, Wasp, Snake
Others such as Dust, Pollen and Moulds
Iodine- containing dyes used in certain X-ray Investigations, etc
How to spot an allergy?
One may start to recognise a seasonal pattern to certain symptoms, or that they only happen when there is a pet in the house or while dusting.Certain blood tests help in identifying whether a reaction is allergic or not.But, they might not be able to narrow down the allergen that is causing it.
Respiratory allergies tend to cause hay fever and asthma. Intestinal allergies cause diarrhoea and vomiting plus stomach ache. Skin allergies may cause a rash called hive (urticaria) that might look like a nettle sting but is often more widespread.
A true food allergy should be suspected if the person has repeated symptoms, such as abdominal pain,diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and cramps after eating a particular food.The only way to test for a food allergy is to follow an exclusion diet & reintroduce the excluded food to see if there is a recurrence of the symptoms.
Following symptoms may require Immediate medical attention:
First Aid Steps