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Signs to Look Out for If You Think Someone Might Be Suffering from a Severe Allergy


For some people allergies are more than just a mild nuisance. Whether seasonal, indoor, or outdoor, allergies can get serious and make life miserable. If you suspect someone is suffering from serious allergies, it’s important to know the signs so that you can seek professional help. An experienced allergist can help get to the bottom of symptoms and manage allergies to bring relief. Read on to learn what you should know about the warning signs of serious allergies.

What happens in the body

More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies. Some people are unaware that their symptoms are related to allergies. It’s possible to experience symptoms so severe that they interfere with daily life.

When a person has an allergy, the immune system reacts to harmless substances in the environment that don’t pose a problem for most people.

Once in contact with the allergen, the body releases a cascade of chemicals that cause inflammation and result in uncomfortable symptoms. Allergens that commonly cause reactions in susceptible people include:

Some people are allergic to proteins in foods. Eight foods are responsible for more than 90% of food allergies. These are:

What makes an allergy severe?

It’s important to know that allergies affect people differently. The same allergen may cause mild symptoms in one person and a more serious reaction in another. Environmental allergies tend to cause mild-to-moderate symptoms because the substances are everywhere in the environment. Susceptible people are more likely to have severe reactions from allergens like pet dander, medications, and food. However, it is possible to have a severe reaction to anything in the environment.

Severe allergies can cause extreme skin rashes, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, runny nose, nausea, stomach cramping, and other symptoms. Severe seasonal allergies can prevent you from going outdoors and cause you to limit your activities, miss school and work, and can significantly impact your quality of life.

Life-threatening allergies

Also on the extreme end of the spectrum are life-threatening allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention. This involves the most severe immune reactions, which can cause extreme swelling that can spread to the throat and lungs. Signs of a life-threatening allergic reaction include:

Seek immediate medical attention if someone you know experiences these symptoms.

Be on the lookout

If you suspect that your child or a loved one is suffering from severe allergies be on the lookout for:

Treatment for severe allergies

Most over-the-counter medication is meant to treat mild allergies. Severe allergies often require a more comprehensive approach. Schedule a visit with an allergy specialist if you suspect that someone you know has a severe allergy. Dr. Rafiquddin Rahimi and his team at Allergy Relief Clinics can help diagnose and manage severe allergies to bring relief and restore quality of life. Dr. Rahimi offers the latest advancements in allergy testing and treatment, including allergy shots – a powerful and effective treatment that changes the way the body responds to allergens.

To learn more about allergy testing and treatment at Allergy Relief Clinics call our Richardson, Texas office, or request your appointment online.

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