Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Allergies

 

Overview

Any abnormal reaction to any harmless substances by an individual’s immune system is known as an Allergy. An allergic person’s immune system, on encountering an allergen or trigger, releases numerous chemicals that develop allergy symptoms ranging from respiratory problems to hives and skin rashes.

 

Causes

Triggers for allergies can be eggs, peanuts, fish, chocolates, spices, insect stings, pollen, dust, cosmetics, medicines and pets among others. The immune system for people with allergies is over sensitive and causes reactions to these allergens. Many psychological factors, stress and anxiety, food poisoning and environmental factors like exposure to sunlight, hot or cold temperatures could be other causes. If the parents have allergies, they can also be passed on to their children. Pollution, infection and hormonal changes can be other significant influences that are likely to cause allergic conditions in certain people.

 

Symptoms

A few of the most general symptoms of allergy are headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, hives, skin rashes and respiratory problems like asthma, shortness of breath, sneezing, coughing, runny nose or wheezing. A person may also feel depressed, nervous and irritable. Skin swelling could be another common symptom of allergies. Muscle spasms, itchy feeling, tearing eyes, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, confusion and a drop in blood pressure are other probable symptoms.  

 

Diagnosis

Questions relating to the allergy symptoms will be asked and allergy testing may be suggested by the doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of allergies. Other tests may also be done as per the doctor’s instructions that could help the doctor to evaluate the condition of the person and eliminate other medical problems.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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