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Dealing With An Allergic Reaction

Oct 25, 2007
An allergic reaction can occur anywhere to almost anybody. Those that have a negative reaction to something can experience a variety of symptoms, but when a reaction occurs, they will most assuredly realize what is happening.

However, those who experience a reaction for the first time may become alarmed since the body is reacting in a different way, to whatever may be setting it off.

If an individual obtains a little information regarding an allergies and reactions, then they can help the body to better cope.

When an allergic reaction occurs, the body undergoes a complex set of events, but to better understand one's body, the events may be a crucial element to understanding what is happening.

The first reaction that the body has is to produce an antibody called IgE. According to Web MD, this antibody will then attach to "a form of blood cell called a mast cell.

Mast cells can be found in the airways, in the GI tract, and elsewhere." Web MD also states that when the allergens attach to the IgE, this will cause the mast cells to trigger a reaction that will then activate the body to produce a variety of chemicals including histamine.

This histamine release is what causes the bad reaction that many face, such as itchy eyes and a runny nose. If the discomfort is severe, one can experience loss of consciousness or one's airways may close up, resulting in difficulty breathing. In severe cases, a negative reaction can be bad enough to even cause death.

Many who do not suffer from allergies are sometimes concerned that they can develop a negative reaction quickly if an allergen presents itself. The fact is that two out of every ten Americans deal with allergies on a daily basis.

However, even though many people deal with allergies and allergens regularly, the fact is that most types of an allergic reaction are hereditary. If only one parent is allergic to something, then their child has a fifty percent chance of being allergic.

If both parents deal with allergies to something specific, then their child will be seventy-five percent as likely to have an allergic reaction to the same thing.

An allergic reaction can be a difficult thing to deal with unless a person is fully prepared. One thing that an individual can do is to keep certain health tools on hand at all times, such as Benadryl.

Those who suffer an allergic reaction and have never experienced one before may be very confused. They should keep up with what exactly occurred, so when they go and visit their doctor, they can give a full report as to what happened.
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