Common Allergies and Treatments

Are you or someone you know experiencing common allergic responses?  Many common allergic responses are:

  • Fatigue
  • Itching skin
  • Eczema
  • Itchy scalp
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the tongue, mouth or face
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting

 

Food Allergies

If your body is overreacting to the foods listed below, we can help.  Unfortunately, your body is defending itself when certain foods trigger an abnormal immune response.  By helping your body become desensitized to these allergens you can enjoy eating them again.  While there are many food allergies, here is a list of common ones:

  • Milk – including ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc
  • Egg
  • Peanut
  • Tree Nut
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish and shellfish

 

Pet Allergy

They are cute, adorable and provide us so much, love.  Unfortunately, some people experience allergic reactions from mild to severe cases.

People who experience pet allergies often suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
  • Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Watery, red or itchy eyes
  • Skin rash or hives

Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies.  Certain breeds of dogs can cause particular symptoms for some people.  Science shows there are no “hypoallergenic” cats or dogs.

The allergens from cats are proteins found on the fur, skin and in saliva. With dogs, the allergens are found in the hair, dander, saliva and urine. This is why there are no non-allgeric cats or dogs – animals produce proteins.  Unfortunately, to complicate pet allergies, dust and pollen in the fur or hair can also cause allergic reactions.

Dr. Emery can test to determine whether your body is overreacting to pets or dust and pollen the pets may have been in contact with.

 

Environmental Allergies

Environmental allergies break down into two main categories, seasonal and perennial. Seasonal reactions mostly occur during seasons when pollen is prevalent. Blooming trees, weeds, and grass can all release pollen. The air is filled with much more pollen while these plants are in bloom, which can cause increasing problems for allergy sufferers in Kansas and Missouri.

On the other hand, perennial allergies occur all year due to constant exposure to common allergens like mold and fungal spores, fibers of fabric and dust mites.

 

Chemical Allergies

Contact dermatitis is a condition that occurs when chemicals you come into contact with cause a reaction.  For some people, the chemicals in shampoos, cosmetics, and detergents can trigger allergic skin reactions.  Even if you’ve been using products before, your body can start expressing symptoms. Cosmetics and personal care products have potential allergens:

  • Soaps, colognes, deodorants, body creams, cosmetics, detergents, and tissues often have fragrances
  • Many liquids have preservatives and antibacterials to keep them from spoiling
  • To thicken, color, or lubricate a product additional chemical/substances are added
  • Chemicals in permanent hair dyes and other hair products
  • Many nail care products contain formaldehyde resin
  • Manufacturers sometimes add sunscreens to cosmetic moisturizers, lip balms, and foundations

Chemicals in cleaning and laundry products can also cause allergic reactions.

 

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