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Learn about allergies

Allergies are your immune system's responses to foreign substances (allergens). Allergens can be pollens, food, drugs, pet and insects. When your immune system produces antibodies in response to these allergens, the resulting symptoms manifest as allergic reactions.

There are different types of allergies:

  • Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are common and often due to plant pollen.

  • Allergic asthma is triggered by allergens (e.g., dust mites), that lead to asthmatic symptoms.

  • Food allergies are triggered by ingesting certain food (e.g., shellfish).

  • Drug allergies are triggered by reactions to certain medications (e.g., certain antibiotics).

  • Latex allergies are triggered by reactions to latex materials (e.g., rubber gloves).

Allergy causes

  • Airborne causes

    Common airborne allergens can float around in air and be carried by wind, such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores.

  • Food allergies

    Some food can trigger allergic reactions within minutes of consumption. Common food allergens are peanuts, shellfish, soy, milk, and wheat.

  • Insect stings

    In addition to pain and swelling in the surrounding tissue of the sting site, certain insect venoms (e.g., bee venom) can also trigger an allergic response.

Allergy symptoms

  • Allergy symptoms can vary from mild or moderate to severe allergic reactions.

    Common mild allergy symptoms include:

    • Sneezing

    • Runny nose

    • Itchy nose

    • Watery eyes

    • Nasal stuffiness or congestion

    • Tingling sensation in mouth

    The above mild symptoms are typical of allergic rhinitis/hay fever. Tingling sensations in the mouth are typical of food allergies.

    Common moderate allergy symptoms include:

    • Hives

    • Itchy skin

    • Swelling

    • Difficulty breathing

    The above moderate symptoms can arise due to food, insect sting and drug allergies.

    Severe allergies are life threatening and requires treatment as soon as possible.

    • Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis can occur rapidly, typically from seconds to minutes, of exposure to the allergen. This severe allergic reaction occurs due to food, insect stings, and drug allergies. In addition to the moderate allergy symptoms listed above, anaphylaxis symptoms can also include a rapid but weak pulse, nausea, and vomiting.

How to treat allergies

Here is a summary of options that can help treat allergy symptoms:

  • Preventing coming into contact with potential allergens

  • Over-the-counter medications

  • Prescription medications

  • Allergen immunotherapy

  • Epinephrine

Allergy medications

  • A common non-medicinal approach to treating allergies is to simply prevent or reduce exposure to allergens that can trigger allergic reactions. For example, choosing to avoid consuming food that may be manufactured in facilities that process nuts or staying indoors during high pollen count days. However, some times avoidance is not possible or does not help fully reduce allergy symptoms. In such instances, medicinal approaches can be helpful.

    A wide range of medications are available to prevent allergic reactions and ease symptoms. Common examples include decongestants such as Sudafed, antihistamines such as Allegra, nasal steroid sprays, and antihistamines. Some are available in over-the-counter forms, while others will require prescriptions from a medical professional.

    Sometimes, when exposure prevention together with regular allergy medications do not reduce symptoms, your doctor can recommend immunotherapy. There are two types of immunotherapy. The first type involves a series of allergy shots containing increasing doses of the allergen to help the patient build tolerance over time (allergy shot therapy). The second type is called sublingual immunotherapy, which involves tablets that are taken orally.

    For patients with extreme severe allergic reactions that are life threatening (i.e. anaphylaxis), it is recommended that they carry an emergency epinephrine shot (e.g. EpiPen, Auvi-Q) with them all times. Seek emergency medical care if you think you are going into anaphylactic shock. Do not take antihistamines. Immediately, use your self-injectable epinephrine and call 911. Do not delay.

How to control allergies

Depending on the severity of your allergic reactions, ways to control or manage allergies include some combination of the following allergy treatments:

  • Exposure prevention or avoidance

  • Allergy medications

  • Immunotherapy or allergy shots

  • Epinephrine

When to see a doctor for allergies

While there are times the allergen responsible for your allergy symptoms is easily recognizable, there are times when you are not sure what is causing the allergy reactions. Doctors can help diagnose the causes of allergies. Your primary care doctor can also refer you to an allergy specialist if needed.

You can also see a doctor if your allergy symptoms are not going away with over-the-counter allergy medications, or if you developed allergic reactions when starting a new medication.

Doctors can perform a few allergy tests to help diagnose allergies:

  • Skin test: Also known as skin prick test, the test is typically performed on a small and inconspicuous area on the forearms. The doctor or nurse will then prick your skin and expose the skin to the allergen. If you are allergic, an allergic reaction will be visible on the test site within 15 minutes or so.

  • Patch test: A little less invasive than the skin prick test, the allergen is simply placed on the skin and then covered with a bandage. The doctor then checks for an allergic reaction after 48 to 96 hours.

  • Blood test: When skin testing is not a viable option due to interference from medication, the doctor can order blood work to be performed. The test is also known as Specific IgE (sIgE) blood testing. This test measures the amount of allergy triggering antibodies in the blood.

Related conditions to allergies

There are several medical conditions that commonly go hand in hand with allergies:

  • Asthma

    Asthma is a condition in which a person is having difficulty breathing as a result of constriction and swelling in the airways and/or excess mucus production. For many people, seasonal, food and skin allergies and asthma can often occur together. An allergy can cause sneezing, running nose, skin conditions, and nasal congestion, affecting the lungs and lead to asthma symptoms. They are called allergic asthma.

  • Hives

    Hives are red and itchy skin welts. They can be triggered by an allergic reaction and manifest as allergy symptoms. Hives can vary in size and patterns.

  • Eczema

    Eczema generally describes dry, red, and itchy skin conditions. There are many triggers of eczema, such as dry skin, heat, etc. Atopic dermatitis, a common type of eczema, can be triggered by allergic reactions to food, plant pollen, and chemicals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best treatment for allergies?

    The best treatment for allergies is usually a combination of avoidance and allergy medicine. Antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin are effective in relieving common allergic symptoms such as sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose. Another medical option for relief of allergic nasal symptoms is corticosteroid nasal spray such as Flonase or Nasacort.

  • How can I control my allergy symptoms?

    You can take control and manage your allergy symptoms with a combination of exposure reduction and allergy medicine. For example, if pollen is the allergen, plan to stay indoors during high pollen count days, or wear a mask if you have to go out.

    If certain foods are the causes of allergic reactions, carefully read packaging labels and check with food handlers (in restaurant settings) before consumption. Further, preemptively taking allergy medicines such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants can provide additional relief and help control allergy symptoms.

  • Can allergies cause a sore throat?

    Yes, allergies can sometimes cause a sore throat along with other symptoms. As an allergic reaction, your immune system can flood the bloodstream with histamines, which increase mucus production and postnasal drip. This nasal discharge that runs down the back of your throat irritates the throat, causing a sore throat.

  • How is an allergy diagnosed?

    Doctors can perform a few tests to help diagnose allergies. The most common of these tests is the skin prick test. A small and inconspicuous area on the forearms is typically chosen. The doctor pricks your skin and exposes the skin to the allergen. An allergic reaction can become visible within 15 minutes or so. Other available tests are the patch and blood tests.

  • What helps relieve allergies fast?

    Antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin can help relieve allergies fast and help with common allergic symptoms such as sneezing or a runny and stuffy nose. Other allergy medicines that can help relieve allergic nasal symptoms are nasal steroids such as Flonase and Nasacort.

  • How can I get allergy testing?

    You can typically get allergy testing at a doctor's office during consultation. The skin prick test is commonly performed and results are typically available within 15 mins or so. If the skin test cannot be performed, then sometimes pecific IgE (sIgE) blood testing can be performed.

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