Respiratory allergies affect approximately 20 percent of the population. They can contribute to many other disorders of the ears, nose, throat and respiratory system.
Symptoms can include:
What causes allergies?
Airborne pollens produced by trees, grasses, and weeds usually cause seasonal hayfever symptoms. Year round symptoms can be caused by pets, dust and insects such as cockroaches and dust mites. Molds are frequently an under recognized and therefore under treated source of allergies. Recent studies have demonstrated that even low level mold allergies may be a significant cause of chronic sinus disorders.
Allergies are caused by tiny particles called antigens which react with our immune systems. Antigens are found on pollens, pet dander, dust, molds and other substances. The immune system may react by producing a variety of antibodies. IgE antibodies are the most relevant to allergies. In allergy, an abnormal quantity of IgE antibodies are produced in response to common antigens. This results in an abnormally reactive immune system. When an antigen attaches to an IgE antibody, inflammatory mediators are released. These inflammatory mediators cause localized reactions such as swelling, irritation, inflammation and wheezing. If the allergic reaction is severe enough, life threatening systemic anaphylactic reactions can occur which require immediate medical attention.
Types of tests for allergies include:
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