An allergic reaction is your bodies' natural response to substances that your body is highly sensitive to. Some people's bodies react differently to different substances, which is why everyone is not allergic to the same thing(s). There are also varying degrees of allergic reactions that vary from mild reactions, such as a small rash, to severe reactions that can be fatal.
If you have ever had an allergic reaction it was caused by your exposure to an allergen. Allergens are substances that can promote the production of histamine in our bodies. This histamine is what causes the uncomfortable symptoms that come about when we encounter allergens.
The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
* Severe nasal congestion * Sneezing * Runny nose * Rashes * Red and itchy eyes * Clear nasal discharge * Hives * Slight swelling
There are many different kinds of allergens that trigger mild allergic reactions in many people, but the most common allergens include:
* Dust * Pollen * Mold spores * Animal dander
The symptoms the above allergens illicit are the usual sneezing, watery eyes and runny noses that occur during seasonal allergies.
What About Severe Allergic Reactions?
There are also common symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms seek medical attention right away:
* Severe swelling * Abdominal pain * Difficulty breathing * Difficulty swallowing * Vomiting * Lightheadedness * Loss of Conciousness
The following things are the most common cause of severe allergic reactions:
The allergic reaction triggered by one of these causes can lead to potential death or debilitation of the individual. Some asthmatic patients who suffer other kinds of allergies need to be monitored carefully or have easy access to immediate medical help.
As you can see allergic reactions should be taken very seriously. While most people only have mild reactions the fact that people can have fatal reactions should make you pay close attention to your bodies' reaction to certain substances.
If you are a parent it is important that you pay attention to what your child comes in contact with. That way if your child has an allergic reaction you will be able to pinpoint what caused it and help them avoid that substance in the future. Knowing what your child is allergic to could save their life.