Many experts agree that modern lifestyles have contributed to the increase in the prevalence of allergies, with key factors including pollution of the atmosphere, diets high in fats and low in fruit and vegetables and warm, well insulated homes, which encourage house dust mites. Another important factor may be the lack of exposure to childhood diseases, which may cause our immune systems to seek other agents to “attack”- i.e. allergens. Allergic reactions can range in severity from common cold like symptoms to life threatening anaphylactic shock. Sufferers may be unaware that allergies are triggering their symptoms.
How likely am I to have an allergy?
You are more at risk of allergies if :
- You have parents with allergies, asthma, eczema or hayfever
- You had childhood eczema.
- You have had any previous allergy reactions or symptoms.
- Your doctor has diagnosed you with asthma, eczema, hayfever or food allergy.
What symptoms are associated with allergies?
Symptoms that are associated with allergies could include any of the following:
- Itchy, blocked, runny nose
- Itchy, sore/red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itching and/or swelling of the lips, tongue and face
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Dry, itchy throat or tongue
- Itchy skin or a rash
- General malaise
- Anaphylactic shock
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