A sequence of sneezing that apparently starts from nothing, bumps on the skin that appear at once and take away all your peace of mind, pains that arise without explanation and that prevent you from carrying out even the simplest tasks of your day. All of these situations can fit into an allergic crisis . In today’s text we will address all the points you need to know to better understand what triggers these crises, why they occur and how to prevent them from disturbing your life. But first, it is necessary to understand more deeply what an allergy is.
What is an Allergy?
Allergy can be defined as any reaction caused by a hypersensitivity of the immune system, which reacts to a certain agent in a part of the body. The most common allergies are respiratory, food and skin allergies, although there may be other types as well. In general, allergies are not very harmful and pose little danger to our health . However, there are cases in which they can cause several complications and even death, depending on the level of sensitivity of each immune system.
Although allergies are often not a great danger, they can end up disrupting our day-to-day tasks and being a major nuisance, especially when we have an allergic crisis. For this reason, it is always important to prevent an allergy from manifesting or, when this is not possible, to know how to treat it.
Types of Allergic Seizures
As we said, allergies can manifest themselves in several ways. Each type of allergic crisis has different symptoms and requires different care as well. The main types of allergic attacks are:
- Food allergy
- Skin Allergy
- Respiratory allergy
We will talk separately about how each one manifests itself and also what are the precautions that can be taken to treat each type of allergy.
Food allergies are usually caused because an ingested food has some type of substance that the person’s body cannot digest , or even irritates the digestive system. This is what happens, for example, when someone has lactose intolerance.
Some of the main symptoms of allergic attacks caused by food allergy are:
- Belly pains
- General malaise
When a person finds out what foods they are allergic to, it becomes much easier to avoid eating them and, consequently, to avoid crises. This can be done through exams with an allergist doctor.
Skin allergies can manifest in several different ways, as there are many types. Since the skin is the largest organ in our body, it is easy to imagine that they can appear almost anywhere and in different ways. Some of the main skin allergies are hives, contact dermatitis and angioedema.
Some of the main symptoms that an allergic attack caused by skin allergy can present are:
- Unremitting itch
- Red spots on the skin
- Skin rashes, which may or may not itch
- Small skin wounds
- Swelling in the hands or feet
- Burning sensation
Because it is a type of allergy that branches into many others, finding the causative agent of skin allergy is not always an easy task . Therefore, it is recommended to consult with a doctor so that you can discover and make an appropriate treatment for your specific case.
As with skin allergies, respiratory allergies can be various, such as rhinitis , bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis. Some of the most common symptoms of this type of allergy are:
- Lack of air
- Constant sneezing
- Coughing crisis
- Stuffy nose
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty breathing
As this type of allergy can be very dangerous, in addition to more conventional medicines, many times a doctor also prescribes the famous “firecrackers” that help a person to breathe, especially when it comes to asthma or bronchitis.
Why do Allergic Crises Occur?
Allergic attacks usually occur mainly for two reasons. The first, obviously, is the contact with the agent that causes the allergy, usually in large quantities or for a long time. The second factor, which is essential for us to understand, is the failure to treat the first symptoms . Allergies usually appear in a more subtle way and worsen as contact with the causative agent is maintained. When a person stops being treated, crises can happen.
Of course, this is not a rule, not least because an allergic crisis can occur due to a single contact. For example, when someone who is allergic to bee stings takes many stings at once, they may experience a more severe attack. However, such crises tend to arise in a much more common way due to the lack of treatment and that is why it is important that we point this out here.
How to avoid an Allergic Crisis?
As you can see, the main way to fight any type of allergy is to avoid contact with the agent that causes it. However, this is often not possible, either due to the climatic conditions of the environment where the person lives or due to simple carelessness or misinformation.
So we stress here the importance of knowing exactly what allergies you have and talking to your doctor about what are the best ways to treat this problem and prevent it from disturbing your life.
Allergic seizures can be quite bad and uncomfortable, even though allergies are not as dangerous to our health. In any case, it is important to know what types exist and also to understand the severity of each one, since in this way you end up being more aware of your own limits. Taking care of your health in every detail means having a better quality of life.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.