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Things you should Understand about Severe Allergy

Updated on November 25, 2010
Severe Allergy
Severe Allergy

Allergy commonly afflicts millions of people every day as triggered by common dust, dander, pollens, and other airborne particles. Food can also cause severe allergy in some people as caused by fish, peanut and other types of  seafood. Usually, allergies can be temporarily treated by taking over-the-counter drugs such as anti-histamines.

However, anti-histamines are only effective for controlling mild to moderate allergy. Severe allergy is tantamount to a medical emergency  since a life-threatening situation known as anaphylaxis can happen. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction considered as a medical emergency since air passageways  are blocked due to swelling that makes breathing hard.

Also, blood pressure takes a sudden dive since anaphylaxis shocks the body’s system which is really very fatal. Allergic reactions such as swelling, eczema, itching, vomiting and shortness of breath seem to be ordinary at first. Later on, the body reacts with violent spasms since the person cannot breathe properly.

The only effective and fast-acting solution when the body goes into anaphylactic shock is a dose of epinephrine. However, this still requires quick medical attention since a physician would be the only one to properly administer this treatment.

Remarkably,  severe allergy reactions happens  because the body’s dysfunctional  immune system overreacts to itself.

Severe allergy is possibly triggered by certain allergens . A slight exposure to some allergens can create severe allergy leading to anaphylaxis such as:

  • Over-the-counter drugs and prescribed medications
  • Sting of insects such as bees, wasps and fire ants
  • Food and its by products such as peanut, soy, dairy and seafood
  • Blood transfusion• Rubberized materials

Aside from the given list, there are still many types of allergens that can possibly cause severe allergy depending on the body’s immune system. It is necessary for people with severe allergy to be cautious in selecting food to eat especially when dining out since some restaurants may include ingredients like peanut that can cause severe allergy.

Even exposure to pollen during changing of seasons can trigger severe allergy so it’s best to do house cleaning and vacuuming. In truth, severe allergy can be controlled by people too. Just remember that allergy can be controlled when we are careful enough.


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