According to Allergy UK, ear, nose and throat (ENT); food and other types of allergies affect 35 percent of the world population and continue to grow.
A child may have a 70 percent chance of suffering from an allergy with two allergic parents, and 33 percent with one allergic parent.
Some other causes are thought to be a lack of exposure to environmental microorganisms, overuse of antimicrobial agents, eating processed foods as well as exposure to environmental pollutants.
When an ENT allergy hits, powerful inflammatory chemicals produced by the body can lead to itchy ears, nose and throat.
Common symptoms also include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, headaches, cough and hoarseness of your throat. Serious effects can range from recurrent sinusitis, ear infections and sleep apnea.
Testing for allergies is complex, especially for delayed allergy reactions and some food allergies. Sometimes, symptoms or abdominal discomfort may manifest hours or days after exposure or consumption, making identification difficult.
As there are many causes to an allergy, a blood sample alone is inadequate.
The best way to determine the reason is to consider the patient’s history, diet charting, clinical reviews, targeted testing and a trial of diet revision.
Stay clear of allergens where possible.
In addition, face masks and medications like nasal rinses, antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and leukotriene inhibitors may be used to alleviate your allergy sufferings.
To significantly reduce allergies in the long run and decrease dependence on daily medications, consider immunotherapy (oral or injectable), which has been shown to reduce allergic reactions and daily medication requirements for long-term control.
From The Finder (Issue 279), February 2016 / Updated July 2019
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