Written by Douglas Jones, MD, Salt Lake City, UT
The human body is incredible. The number of things it can do is almost infinite. One marvel in particular is that the body can defend itself, even from the smallest of enemies, namely bacteria and viruses.
But as we all know, the human body doesn’t always function perfectly. Sometimes, these defensive systems just mentioned are overly aggressive, meaning that harmless substances are attacked and the body is negatively affected. Dust, mold and pollen aren’t great enemies to humans, but sometimes the body sees them as such, and launches measures to protect itself.
This defense consists of a bunch of chemical weapons that attack and destroy the mistaken foe. This chemical attack launched by our own bodies can sometimes be unpleasant for us. In other cases, it’s life-threatening.
Allergy prone individuals are burdened with these unnecessary battles which can be a serious detriment to quality of life. Fortunately, modern allergy medicine has a host of reliable solutions at its disposal. Come see us, to see how we can make your life better.
What Are the Causes of Allergic Reactions?
There are hundreds of ordinary substances that can trigger allergic reactions. Among the most common are:
These triggers are called “allergens.” While an allergic reaction can occur anywhere in the body, it usually appears in the skin, eyes, lining of the stomach, nose, sinuses, throat and lungs- places where specialized immune system cells are stationed to fight off harmful invaders that come in through the nose, mouth, or that contact the skin. Actually, most of us have experienced some kind of allergic reaction, at one level of severity or another.
Who Develops Asthma and/or Allergies?
Anyone can be affected by allergies or asthma, regardless of age, race, gender or socioeconomic factors. They develop more commonly in children, but can show up for the first time at any age, or can recur when least expected.
Genetics might play a role, but this role isn’t well understood yet. Heredity does seem to be key however. Environmental factors are also very important. Hormones, smoke, perfume, stress and certain environmental irritants can play a role in asthma and allergies.
Because the causes can be so varied, and because the consequences of untreated problems can be so devastating, and allergist can be immensely important. A careful analysis by Dr. Jones could help you find a solution to your allergy problems.
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