Having an allergy means that your body reacts to normal substances in abnormal ways. When you have an allergy to a particular food or substance, you may experience symptoms such as itching, a runny nose, watery eyes, diarrhea, stomach pain, and a lot more. The reason why the body reacts this way is that it thinks there is invaders. The body then releases antibodies and histamine which is a form of protection from the “allergens.” Unfortunately, this defense mechanism is what causes allergic reactions.
Pollen is one of the leading causes of hay fever, an allergic reaction. Most people associate hay fever with spring season. Yet, hay fever returns for a second round and a lot of people experience allergic reactions during fall.
Did you know that allergies can be inherited?
It is common to see family members sharing the same type of allergy. According to studies, many allergies are inherited. It means that you have a chance of getting the allergy of your mom or dad, or your child has the same chance of inheriting allergies from you. The chance increases if both your mom and dad have the same allergy. Some research suggests that the chances of inheriting allergies are magnified based on your gender. Women have a great chance of inheriting their mom’s allergies. Men have a great chance of inheriting their dad’s allergies.
With allergies on the rise, parents are asking themselves how they can better protect their children once symptoms are observed. Being observant of your child’s growth can also help a lot in the early detection of allergy. The sooner you detect and diagnose an allergy, the more likely you are to find the right allergy treatment option.
Whether you or your child’s allergies are airborne or food-based, contact an allergist at Family Allergy Clinic today. While most allergy symptoms are manageable, some allergic reactions can be life-threatening.