Why you Should Never Ignore Severe Allergies

People who have allergies are just as common as the allergens you can find in the world around you. In fact, allergies are ranked as the sixth most chronic illness afflicting Americans. 

Although it’s a common problem, some are much more severe and deadly than others. Fortunately, our family practitioners are experts when it comes to allergies. At Arsenio Medical PC in Lawrence, New York, we specialize in identifying, treating, and helping you manage your allergies and their symptoms. 

Especially if your symptoms are severe, it’s important to get them checked out. Here’s a closer look at what allergies are and how some types of allergies can threaten your well-being.

What are allergies?

Allergies happen when your body has a reaction to a foreign substance called an allergen. Your body thinks it’s in danger and begins producing antibodies to fight off the threat. As a result, you experience irritations like a runny nose, itchy eyes, nausea, and rashes. In severe cases, your systems can shut down and the reaction can be life-threatening. 

Everyone reacts to allergens differently. What makes your skin break out in hives might not have any effect on the person next to you. This is why identifying what you’re allergic to is so important. 

The most common allergens that typically only result in mild reactions include pollen, dust, and mold. Allergens that cause more severe reactions include:

Ignoring these allergens can be a fatal mistake. Our doctors are here to make sure you understand your severe allergies and know how to best avoid them.

Severe allergies

Allergies pose a considerable threat to your well-being because of their effect on your airways. Here are a few things that can happen if you don’t avoid your allergy triggers.

Allergic asthma

If you have severe allergies, you likely have allergy-induced asthma. Your body’s release of antibodies as a response to allergens can cause your airways to become inflamed. This makes it extremely difficult to breathe normally. 

Sinusitis and other infections

As your body works overtime to protect you against what it believes to be a threat to your immune system, you’re at a much greater risk for developing sinus infections. Your lungs and ears are also more susceptible to infection. Dealing with chronic infection is detrimental to your overall well-being and ability to live a healthy life. 

Anaphylaxis

In the worst cases, your body’s antibody reaction can cause your airways to become so constricted that you are completely unable to breathe. This is known as anaphylaxis. You’re most at risk for this condition if you’re severely allergic to foods, medication, or insect stings. 

Managing your severe allergies

With the threat of a severe reaction hanging over you, it can be difficult knowing how to manage your symptoms and avoid a tragic outcome. Here are a few things we recommend if you want to take control of your allergies:

See our doctors early

Preventing a serious allergic reaction begins with knowing exactly what might cause that serious reaction. We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with our family practitioners as soon as possible to discover if you have any allergies that could potentially be severe. Once we know what causes your reactions, we can better help you to avoid them. 

Stay away from triggers

Even if we’re actively treating your allergies, it’s still best to avoid any and all triggers. You must be vigilant about what foods you’re eating, tell doctors about any medications you’re allergic to right away, and be aware of your surroundings if you’re outdoors near animals and insects. 

Warn those around you

If you have a severe allergy, it’s a good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet when you’re out in public. This will alert any first responder of your condition and make it easier for them to give you the life-saving treatment you need, especially if you’re unable to speak. 

Living with a severe allergy can be frightening and make you feel like a reaction is lurking wherever you go. You don’t need to live with this fear. Our staff is dedicated to helping you live a happy, healthy life regardless of your allergies. If you’d like to learn more or would like to request a consultation with one of our doctors, call our office today

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