What is an Allergy?
Most people mistake allergy as viruses or bacteria causing harm to the body. The truth is allergy is the body’s response itself to allergens. Allergens can be food, fabric, plants, animals, and many others that selective people are hypersensitive of. Allergens do not affect majority of the population but is quite irritable to some individuals.
For example, cat hair does not always make people sneeze a lot and develop a runny nose. But to a person highly sensitive to such allergens, his body would react with allergies. Some allergic responses to different triggers are:
- Skin irritations or rashes
- Difficulty breathing
- Rise of body temperature
- Swelling of nasal walls
- Abdominal Pain
Allergies can be mild. It can also be fatal. Either deadly or not, allergy is for certain a burden for many people. How are some people more sensitive to these triggers or allergens than the others?
Allergies can be genetic. It has been found that allergic parents bear allergic children, and that allergic individuals most likely have allergic family members such as siblings. But what causes it in the first place?
The theory is that, the human body naturally fights off bacteria and viruses that could harm the immune system. However, individuals who live in overly sterilized homes or have habits that keep his body more squeaky clean than the rest of the average human beings, develop abnormal response to non-harmful substances. His body reacts to allergens as if they are dangers to the body. Because allergies differ from one person to the next, it is always best to closely coordinate with your doctor. Have emergency allergy remedies at hand – which you can get over-the-counter or with a prescription from your physician.
We hope that this information becomes useful as you protect yourself from adverse allergic reactions. The more you know, the better you can handle your allergies.