Allergies are one of the most common complaints among people of all ages. Food allergies can make dining out difficult, seasonal allergies can make the spring season unbearable, and other allergies can interfere with your daily life. More than eight percent of adults experience hay fever every year, and even more people experience allergies at random points throughout their lives.
To be able to understand allergies and treat them effectively, you need an expert. At Health Solutions in Tinley Park, Rockford, and Olympia Fields, Illinois, and Munster, Indiana, our expert providers provide diagnostics, preventive care, and treatment for allergic reactions.
Why allergies occur
Many people are born with allergies, but others develop allergies later in life. Allergy causes are still being researched today, but we have a good idea of what triggers them. When you understand how allergic reactions work, you can help prevent being triggered and address reactions swiftly and with confidence.
Your immune system works to protect your body, but it can sometimes mistake benign substances like pollen, pet dander, or food for a threat. This leads to an immune response, and the substance is thereafter identified by your body as an allergen.
Immunotherapy, like allergy shots can be used to desensitize the body to these allergens, but new allergens can develop at any time. In fact, you can even become allergic to substances you’ve been exposed to before. The reason for this isn’t known, but this phenomenon can make it difficult to pin down exactly what has become an allergy for you.
Most people who spontaneously develop allergies experience a sensitivity to pollen. Seasonal allergies are extremely common, and many adults can experience congestion, headaches, and hay fever as a result. However, sudden sensitivities to common food allergies like eggs, milk, fruits, and vegetables have also been recorded.
What to do if you think you’re developing an allergy
If you’re suddenly experiencing sensitivity despite no history of allergies, it’s time to visit an allergist. We can administer a test to determine exactly what you’re allergic to, and you can begin discussing treatment options. This might involve regular immunotherapy shots, which will desensitize your immune system and reduce your reactions.
If you suffer from asthma and have begun experiencing heightened allergies, Dr. Rahimi can help you learn to control your sudden sensitivity. Even if your allergies only last for a season, it’s important to be prepared.
Having trouble with sniffling, sneezing, and scratching? Book an appointment online or over the phone with Health Solutions today.