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most common allergies
most common allergies

Common Allergies to Your Body and How You Can Overcome Them

Allergies are a common reaction caused to the body due to some foods or substances. More than 1 out of 4 people are affected in the UK at some point of time in their life. Both children and adults develop allergies to certain things that may not suit their body and skin. Allergies can affect your daily life but most reactions are mild and under control.

Causes of allergies

Allergies may take place when the immune system of your body reacts to specific harmful substances. Most people who get affected have a family record of allergies or have related symptoms such as eczema or asthma.

The number of people with allergies is increasing almost every year. You should try to live in a cleaner and germ-free environment which can reduce the number of germs in your immune system which will mean that your body will have to deal with less.

Allergic reactions can occur due to these substances:

  • grass and tree pollen called allergic rhinitis or hay fever.
  • dust mites.
  • animal dander.
  • foods such as fruits, eggs, nuts, cow 's milk and shellfish.
  • stings and insect bites.
  • medication such as aspirin, certain antibiotics and ibuprofen.
  • latex for making globes.
  • mould for releasing small particles in the air.
  • household chemicals such as hair dyes and detergents.

Symptoms of allergic reaction

Allergic reactions may occur within a few minutes of exposure to allergens. These causes:

  • sneezing.
  • blocked or runny nose.
  • red, watery and itchy eyes.
  • coughing and wheezing.
  • red and itchy rash.
  • worsening of eczema or asthma.

Getting necessary help for allergies

If you or your baby has an allergic reaction to something then book an appointment with us to get tested. The symptoms of allergic reaction may be caused by other conditions. Our GP will determine whether you have an allergy and suggest proper treatment to deal with the condition.

If your allergy is severe or you do not know what you are allergic to, they may refer you to an allergy specialist for the necessary tests and valuable advice before performing the treatment.

Know if it is an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity

  • Allergy - This is a reaction produced by the immune system of your body when exposed to harmless substances.
  • Sensitivity - The overemphasis of normal effects of a substance may cause severe symptoms such as trembling and palpitations.
  • Intolerance - Any substance that causes unpleasant symptoms such as diarrhea, but do not involve the immune system.

The symptoms of allergic reactions usually develop within a few minutes after being exposed to something you are allergic to or they may develop gradually over a few hours. You may visit Medical Express Clinic for Private Allergy Testing done from our specialists and overcome the problems of allergic reactions to the body.