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Do you often suffer from sneezing, itchy eyes, rash or diarrhea? If so, you may have an allergy. Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions that affect people around the world. Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to a severe or even life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Many people become accustomed to their symptoms and suffer needlessly – but simple tests are available to help you find out if you are allergic to a particular substance and help you manage your allergy.
1 in 4 : It is estimated that 1 in 4 people suffer from allergies
Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. Sometimes however, our immune system will react to foods, pollens, dust, or medications and produce an allergic reaction. During an allergic reaction, your body produces antibodies that trigger certain symptoms. These symptoms can vary considerably depending on the allergen involved, as well as your age. For example, infants and toddlers often develop allergic reactions to foods such as milk and eggs, whereas children and adults can become allergic to things they might inhale, such as pollen or dust.
|BODY PART||SYMPTOMS||COMMON TRIGGERS OR ALLERGENS|
|NOSE||Sneezing,Itchy,Runny,Stuffy Mouth breathing||Pollen, house dust mites, cockroaches,pets and other animals|
|EYES||Itchy, red, watery, swollen||Pollen, house dust mites, cockroaches,pets and other animals|
|MOUTH||Tingling and itching throat,mouth, and/or lips,Swelling||Fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes|
|SKIN||Eczema (dry, itchy),Rashes, hives, swelling||Nuts, shellfish, eggs, milk|
|LUNGS||Coughing, wheezing,Chest tightness,Shortness of breath,Asthma||Pollen, house dust mites, cockroaches,pets and other animals, food|
Infants and toddlers:Eggs, milk, wheat, soya bean
Children and adults: Eggs, milk, shellfish, wheat, peanuts, hazelnuts and other tree nuts, fruits and vegetables
|VARIOUS ANAPHYLACTIC REACTIONS||
EARLY: Hives, tingling and itching around the mouth, swelling around mouth and eyes
SEVERE: Itching, tingling and swelling of mouth and throat, abnormally low blood pressure, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, asthma
Peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soybean, seafood, milk, eggs, seeds, fruits, drugs, bee and wasp venoms
Your family history, medical history and a physical examination will help determine if your symptoms are caused by an allergy. There are blood tests available to help diagnose an allergy.
A small amount of blood is drawn and the level of allergen-specific antibodies is measured. If the antibody level that corresponds to a specific allergen or a component of an allergen is raised, it may be the result of an allergy.
100 PLUS more than 20 allergen components, such as peanut components.
At RFH we test for more than 100 different allergens - such as food, animal dander, pollens, mould, trees, weeds, grasses and insect venom.
For some foods, blood testing can be more accurate than skin testing It is more convenient and less invasive, as a single blood sample can be used to test for multiple allergens and allergen components
A single blood sample can be used to test for multiple allergens and allergen components
For some allergies such as food, avoidance may be the only treatment you need. This may be enough to prevent your allergy symptoms, so you won’t need to take any medications or other treatments.
If avoidance is not enough, you can take medication to treat your allergy and help control your symptoms. There are also fast-acting medicines such as epinephrine that can be injected to stop an anaphylactic reaction.
Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, can be taken to increase your tolerance to allergens. These shots are usually recommended if you suffer from severe allergies or if you have allergy symptoms that last for more than three months each year. Allergy shots do not cure allergies, but reduce your immune system reaction to the allergen.
If you think you or your child has allergy symptoms, talk to the about getting a blood test. If your blood test reveals you have an allergy, you may be referred to an allergist for ongoing assessment and management of your allergy.
Don’t stop being tested. Allergies can change over time.
Infants may outgrow their allergy to milk and eggs as they get older. But other allergies may progress into more severe conditions. That’s why follow-up testing is critical for accurately managing your allergy and to help you feel better and live better.
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