Asthma is a condition of the lungs in which the lungs are too irritable or "hyper reactive" to various things in the environment. The reaction causes too much mucous and swelling and inflammation in the bronchial tubes so that the air that is trying to move into and out of your lungs is impeded. You experience this as coughing, wheezing or chest tightness.
Nasal allergy is reactivity in the nose to pollen, dust, pets,etc. This can lead to headaches and sinus infections and surprisingly a lot of chronic misery and loss of work and school
Eczema is often known as the “itch that rashes” and is also called Atopic Dermatitis. Underlying causes are allergy, dryness, and low skin immunity.
Urticaria or Hives:
Hives are very frequently allergic in cause and can also be non allergic. They can be associated with Angioedema or swelling of the lips, mouth and throat or other parts of the body.
In all of these conditions it is important to find the cause triggering the reaction in order to find the proper treatment. This is done usually with allergy skin tests which are usually more sensitive and useful than allergy blood tests. Skin tests are not very painful or horrible as some people fear and are over very quickly.
Allergy Shots (or Immunotherapy) is a time tested and proven therapy to reduce allergy reactions. It does take some patience to build up but over time most people find significant relief without needing so much medication forever.
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