An allergy or an allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to allergens such as pollen.
Allergies are very common and affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK. Allergies are particularly common in children, some allergies disappear or get better as a child gets older, however many allergies are lifelong conditions.
An individual can develop an allergy to foods or substances they weren’t previously allergic to in their adulthood.
The Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction
Allergic reactions happen quite rapidly with the individual affected to the Allergen within minutes of exposure.
Allergens can cause:
Worsening of Asthma or Eczema symptoms. Most allergic reactions are mild, however occasionally a sever reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can occur. This is a medical emergency and needs urgent treatment.
In most cases the most effective and ideal way of managing your allergy is to avoid the allergen that caused the reaction.
If you have a food allergy you should always check a food’s ingredient list for allergens before eating it.
There are many medications available to help control the symptoms of allergic reactions. These include:
(Source: NHS Choices)
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