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Allergies and Allergy Treatment

Allergies are becoming more common today, and the medical professionals aren't sure why this is so. Most people aren't affected by allergies, allergies are an abnormal immune system reactions to things that are typically harmless to most people.

Food allergies are most common in infants and often disappear as a child gets older. There could be a marked improvement when a child received the proper allergy treatment. This improvement is noticed in their behavior as far as school is concerned. There can be hidden or delayed reactions to allergies and this makes it more difficult to identify as the symptoms may not appear until anything form two hours to five days and can range from unexplained fatigue to physical pain. Often migraine headache suffers are also people who suffer from allergies.

Allergy Symptoms

The most common form of allergies are hay fever, eczema, asthma and food. Food allergies can present themselves as irritation and swelling of the throat, digestive problems and in some rare cases anaphylactic (allergic) shock. More common symptoms of food allergies involve the skin and appear as hives, rashes, eczema and itching. Food allergies can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Food allergies and food intolerance are often confused. Intolerance to lactose or MSG can cause similar symptoms to an allergic reaction. While food allergies can be serious, by simply eliminating these foods from the diet, there may be no need for medication or allergy treatments.

Allergy Reactions

Reactions often vary, this can be in the strength and ranges from very mild to sometimes fatal. There can be a reaction on the skin if there is an allergen, which is normally encountered in the airways or in food. With the life threatening allergy reactions, a person may be unable to breathe, this could cause a drop in blood that would be dangerous, causing the blood flow to decrease and rob the brain, lungs and heart of this vital supply. Severe cases of food allergies can happen by the person simply coming in contact with the food in question.

Allergy Treatments

There is ongoing research by doctors and scientists to understand allergies and in doing so provide better allergy treatments. Your doctor will test you to make sure that you have an allergy and find out which allergens are causing your symptoms. It is advisable to contact your doctor when the allergy outbreak occurs, so he can provide the best allergy treatment for you. That sinus headache you get could be a migraine and allergy treatments are helping migraine sufferers.

Allergies have become more common today, one theory by a leading allergy specialist is as he says "too clean", the fact that we live in such clean environments and as allergies are an abnormal response by our immune system, our immune systems are not building up the immunity our bodies need to protect us.

The majority of things that cause an allergic reaction and require allergy treatment are not obviously harmful and those who are not allergic will have no problems.

2007 CTBaird. Carmel Baird contributes to Allergy Hints and Tips a site dedicated to helping people obtain information, hints, tips about allergy treatments New articles are being posted every week.