What is Causing Your Health Allergies?
You could be sitting quietly in your room studying. The air- conditioning is running comfortably cold. The conditions are ideal for 100% focus and concentration. Then everything slowly unravels.
It all begins with a twitch inside your nose; it’s an itch that you try to blow away. But then the itch cascades up the bridge of your nose. Your face starts to contort. Your nostrils start to flare out and your mouth, as if by instinct, opens up to try and relieve the pressure.
You release a cacophony of sneezes. You don’t know when it’s going to stop. It starts to annoy you because it has taken you off focus. By the time the sneezing ends, you have to clear your head and wipe away your eyes which have welled up with tears.
And it’s not over yet. Now your nose is clogged and it’s hard to breathe.
This is just a simple attack of allergy. Some people have it worse.
What are Health Allergies?
Your immune system produces antibodies. These are actually proteins that are used by the immune system to detect and respond to invading substances it perceives as potentially harmful to your body. These invading substances are called allergens.
When an allergen enters your body, the immune system moves to create antibodies. The reaction can trigger inflammation on the skin, of the sinuses, nasal airways or the digestive system.
If you are exposed to the same allergen, the immune system releases chemicals such as histamine which leads to the usual symptoms.
What Causes Allergies?
You cannot see these allergens. They could be air borne or a reaction to any substance that enters your body. Here are a few causes of allergy:
In our previous example, there were probably allergens present in the study room. Perhaps the room had a carpet or the sheets had not been changed. Carpets and mattresses are the favorite breeding grounds of dust mites. 1 Square meter of carpet can house 100,000 dust mites.
Dust mites feed on dead human skin. When dust mites excrete dead human skin these become potential allergens. An air- conditioner can potentially circulate these allergens making you sneeze uncontrollably.
Molds can also create allergens when it releases air borne substances called spores. Molds are produced by moisture and are prevalent in damp environments.
The kitchen, bathrooms and basement floor are common breeding grounds for molds and mildew. You can detect molds by their unmistakable musty odor like rotting cheese. Molds will manifest on wooden materials.
Air Borne Allergens.
A household that has pets will have its owners under constant attack of allergies. Pets shed hair. Often pet hair ends up on furniture like sofas and chairs. Pets are also home to dust mites.
Pollen are also triggers of allergy. Some people cannot stay out during spring time because of all the pollen that is circulating in the air.
Food – Based Allergies.
There are people who develop an allergic reaction to certain types of food. The highest number of food- related allergies are caused by the following:
- Shell Fish
- Tree Nuts
For many, the consequences of the allergy can be deadly. Some cases can be so severe that the person can hardly breathe. Food- based allergy can also manifest physical symptoms. Shell Fish, in particular can result in severe swelling in both eyes that the victim will not be able to open them.
Insect Stings or Reptile Bites.
Allergy from insect stings or reptile bites also have deadly consequences. There are people who can survive when stung by a bee while there are those who go through life threatening circumstances.
The same can be said about snake bites. There are many venomous types of snakes. But often, your chances of survival depend on your body’s ability to fight off the effects of the venom.
If you want to know what you are allergic to, visit your doctor for a complete checkup. Blood work should let you know if you are allergic to certain types of food.
You should also do your best to keep your surroundings clean. Dust your room as often as you can. Have your pillows, blankets and covers washed frequently. If you have carpets, these should undergo treatment and general cleaning every 6 months. 3 months if you have pets. Allow proper ventilation to reduce the chances of mold growth.
Allergens are a part of daily life. But there are many ways to manage them to make life, and breathing, much easier.