An allergy is the response of the body's immune system to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, foods, and house dust mite. Whilst in most people these substances (allergens) pose no problem, in allergic individuals their immune system identifies them as a’ threat’ and produces an inappropriate response.
Examples of common allergic reactions are:
- pollen from trees and grasses
- proteins secreted from house dust mites
- foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk and eggs
- pets such as cats and dogs
Common symptoms associated with allergic reactions include:
-wheezing / coughing / shortness of breath
-rash / hives
-itchy eyes, ears, lips throat and mouth
Diagnosing allergy can be difficult since the symptoms may be similar to other conditions.
Here at Doctap, you're doctors can help you identify the cause(s), sometimes with the help of skin prick tests and/or allergy blood tests.
Once the cause is identified, we can help you manage allergy with e.g. antihistamines.See a doctor about allergies