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    • 13 MAR 16
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    Allergy testing

    Allergy testing

    Allergies: As spring starts to appear, allergies come around too. Pollen is in the air, as well sneezing, and eye watering, putting a damper on the newly found warm weather. Most spring allergies are survivable, but some allergies, like food, are year round. Thankfully, most allergies can be treated with ease. What are Allergies? An allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance Types include Food Allergies – an unpleasant or dangerous immune system reaction after a certain food is eaten Drug Allergies – an abnormal reaction of the immune system to medication Skin Allergies – a skin rash caused by contact with a certain substance Seasonal Allergies – an allergic reaction causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, etc. Animal Allergies – an abnormal reaction in the immune system caused by the proteins in an animal’s skin cells, saliva, or urine Causes: The immune system is built to protect you from bacteria, and viruses, but sometimes it identifies a harmless substance as a threat. This triggers an allergic reaction, and the body creates chemicals to fight off the substance Hereditary – If both your parents have no allergies, the chance you will have them is 15%, while if one of your parents has allergies the chance you will have them is 30% and if both of your parents have allergies the chance you will have them is greater than 60% Allergy Treatment: While there is no cure for allergies, there are many types of medications to treat, including over the counter, and prescription Your doctor may be able to offer you allergy shots Antihistamines An OTC drug (over-the-counter) used to treat allergies that comes in pills, liquid, nasal spray, and even eye drops Your immune system releases histamine to fight off the allergen, and antihistamine blocks it Decongestants Decongestants relieve congestion and are usually prescribed with antihistamine, coming in the forms of pills, liquid, eye drops, etc. Some examples include Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D Managing Allergies: If you or a family member has allergies, it’s a good idea to keep your beds clean to prevent dust from causing an allergic reaction Keep your windows closed at home to prevent pollen from entering, and avoid the use of fans since the stir up dust Don’t allow smoking in your house Keep the humidity under 50% to stop mold growth, and avoid areas where mold may grow in the house Install hardwood floors instead of carpeting Vacuum once or twice a week to get rid of collecting dust With these tips, we at Providence Medical Center, hope you know more and are more educated about how to handle your allergies. Dr. Omobola Oji is certified for allergy testing in case you have any further questions. Have a great day!

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