The immune system comes across thousands of potentially harmful pathogens daily. Fortunately, it is effective enough to keep us alive.
In some cases, however, the immune system might consider a harmless substance (e.g., chemical, food, pet dander) pathogenic, which triggers an allergic reaction.
According to reports, more than half the population of Europe will be affected by allergies in 2025.
The Signs and Symptoms of Allergies
The signs and symptoms of allergies include:
- Congested nose
- Swollen lips and tongue
The Causes of Allergies
Scientists still haven’t identified the exact causes of allergies. However, the most prominent theory believes that it’s the result of genetic predisposition coupled with environmental factors.
Differently put, people with allergies have the genes that predispose them to immune dysfunctions. Once they get exposed to environmental triggers, allergies set it.
The Treatment Options for Allergies
Allergies result from a hyperactive immune system. Therefore, it would make sense to lower the hyperactivity.
Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
Interfering with the effectiveness of your immune system will predispose you to all types of deadly infections.
For this reason, the treatment of allergies focuses on:
- Prescribing drugs to improve symptoms (e.g., antihistamines)
- Allergy testing to identify the culprit substance
- Excluding the triggering factors (e.g., foods, chemicals)
Allergies are widespread in the general population, affecting millions of people around the world. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.