An Overview

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide and can cause a large range of reactions. These reactions can scale anywhere from being an annoying nuance, to a life-threatening attack. An allergic reaction is caused when a foreign substance enters the body. The body’s immune system reacts to the substance, creating antibodies that bind with the foreign subject and causing the allergic reaction (such as swelling, itching, and a stuffy nose).

An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, they can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur.

Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Food (commonly wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, milk, fish, and shellfish)
  • Insect stings
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Animal dander
  • Latex
  • Medications/Drugs

If you are wondering if you have any allergies, or need help managing them, then you can schedule an appointment with one of our allergists here at National Allergy & ENT. Call (843) 797-8162 or schedule here.

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