Since the beginning of spring, my family has been visiting The Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. We started out with a simple allergy test to determine why everyone in our house was sneezing and suffering with stuffy heads. A simple test determined that we were suffering from seasonal allergies and we were given our options on how to deal with them. My family chose a simple and very painless series of weekly injections to build up our immunity to the cause. Over the past month, we have found very little need for allergy medications and this saves money.
Allergies often bring to mind sneezing, runny nose or watery eyes. While these are symptoms of some types of allergic disease, an allergic reaction is actually a result of a chain reaction that begins in your genes and is expressed by your immune system.
Allergic rhinitis may be seasonal or year-round. The seasonal allergy, often called “hay fever,” typically occurs in the spring, summer or fall. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffy or runny nose and itching in the nose, eyes or on the roof of the mouth. When the symptoms are year-round, they may be caused by exposure to indoor allergens such as dust mites, indoor molds or pets. You may click on this link to read more about these allergies: http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/whatisallergicreaction.stm
Preventing Environmental Allergies and Asthma
Since some airborne substances may trigger allergy or asthma symptoms, reducing contact with these substances early in life may delay or prevent allergy or asthma symptoms. Research for this is clearest with dust mites. If your child is at high risk of developing allergies, there are steps you can take to control dust mites.
Use zippered, “allergen-impermeable” covers on pillows and mattresses and wash bedding in hot water weekly. Indoor humidity should be kept below 50%. If possible, carpets and upholstered furniture should be removed from your infant’s bedroom. You may click on this link to read more about prevention: http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/preventioninchildren.stm
If you feel your family may need testing and treatment for allergies, you can find The Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center at 2995 Ft. Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664. Phone 423-246-6445. You may also visit the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at http://www.aaaai.org
NOTE: Some information for this article was obtained from the website: http://www.aaaai.org
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