Scripture: John 11:4New King James Version (NKJV) 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Allergy Prevention Month
Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance (pollen, mold, and animal dander, for example) in the environment called an allergen. Allergies are a very common problem, affecting at least two out of every 10 Americans.
What Happens During an Allergic Reaction?
A person is exposed to an allergen by inhaling it, swallowing it, or getting it on their skin. After exposure a series of events create the allergic reaction. The body starts to produce a specific type of antibody that binds to the allergic releasing a variety of chemicals into the blood. Histamine, the main chemical, causes most of the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
What Are the Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to inhaled or skin allergens include:
Itchy, watery eyes
Itchy, runny nose
Feeling tired or ill
Hives (a rash with raised red patches)
Other exposures can cause different allergic reactions:
Food allergies (allergic reaction to food allergens) can also cause stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Insect stings (allergic reaction to a sting from a bee or other insect) causes local swelling, redness, and pain.
Types of Reaction to Allergies:
Mild symptoms may be almost unnoticeable, just making you feel a little “off.”
Moderate symptoms can make you feel ill, as if you’ve got a cold or even the flu.
allergic reactions are extremely uncomfortable, even incapacitating.
Most symptoms of an allergic reaction go away shortly after the exposure stops.
The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. In anaphylaxis, allergens cause a whole-body allergic reaction that can include:
Hives and itching all over (not just in the exposed area)
Wheezing or shortness of breath
Hoarseness or tightness in the throat
Tingling in the hands, feet, lips, or scalp
Anaphylaxis is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms can progress rapidly, so head for the emergency room if there’s any suspicion of anaphylaxis.