What is an Allergy?
An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to an inappropriate stimulus, such as dust, pollen, grass, pet dander, mold, etc. The immune system believes it is being invaded by a parasite rather than a harmless allergen in the environment, and therefore it rallies its defenses to fight off the enemy.
The list of symptoms caused by allergies is longer than you might think. Primary signs of allergies include:
- Runny or congested nose
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Frequent ear infections
- Sinus headaches
- Nasal polyps
- Conjunctivitis (eye irritation)
- Muscle/joint pain
- Skin rashes and eczema
Mental problems such as confusion, slow thinking, depression and forgetfulness.
Respiratory effects including endless colds, chronic cough, recurrent bronchitis.
Of course, there are many possible reasons for these symptoms. The only way to know if they are caused by allergies is to take an allergy test. AFCC Doctors Express Portland offers a pain-free skin test that provides answers in just 15-minutes; results are read on the spot.
There are many items in the environment that could cause your allergies. They fall into four general categories:
- Animal dander — from dogs, cats and cockroaches
- Mold and mildew
- Dust mites
- Pollen – from trees, grass and weeds
The quickest way to learn about causes and treatments of allergies, as well as a painless skin test that can tell you what you’re allergic to in just 15 minutes, is by watching this seven-minute video.
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