Is this Allergy; Sneeze, Crease or Wheeze?

What is an allergy? Allergy is a response of the body’s immune system towards a foreign substance which is usually not harmful to your body. The foreign substance is called allergen and may include pollen, dust mites, pet dander and certain foods. The allergic response can cause symptoms like itching, hives, sneezing, redness and difficulty breathing. What causes allergy? The job of our immune system is to protect us from harmful substances like bacteria and viruses. However, when the immune system starts fighting with substances that are usually not harmful to us, it causes allergy. During an allergic reaction, the immune system releases antibodies and histamine which causes symptoms like reddening, sneezing, hives, itching, etc. Common substances that cause allergy are: Certain foods: wheat, milk, peanut, tree nuts, fish, soy, eggs and shellfish Airborne allergens: pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold Insect bites: bee or wasp Medicines: particularly penicillin or penicillin-based drugs Latex or other substances: can cause skin reactions What are the symptoms of allergy? Symptoms depend on the type of allergen involved and it can affect your airways, nasal passages, skin or digestive system. Most common allergic symptoms may include: Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose Itching Watery, red or swollen eyes Hives Swelling of lips, tongue or face Cough Chest tightness Wheezing or shortness of breath Rashes Anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction) What are the risk factors for allergy? Family history of allergies or asthma Childhood Asthma or any other allergic condition What is Allergic March? In some children, different allergies occur in a specific order as they get older. It usually starts with eczema, the food...