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Allergies: A major health problem

f jittery sentries patrolling a volatile border. When an 'enemy' is spotted the body responds with overkill: a huge army or immunoglobulin (IgE) (plentiful in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts) that release inflammatory chemicals including the one that is known as 'histamine'.

These trigger a classic allergic reaction. When the ‘histamine’ comes into contact with lungs it induces wheezing and in the vent of attack occurring on the skin it results in hives. Indoor allergies can be kept away by preventing dust mites, animal dander and other such substances coming into contact with our body. Dr. Mary Worstell, an eminent authority attached to American Asthma and Allergy Foundation observes: Your bedroom is where you spend most of your time. If you are allergic to animal danders don’t let your pets sleep in there. Strict avoidance of the allergens is the first step in getting rid of this health care problem.

In the case of infants if there is a family history of food allergies it is safe to breast-feed the baby with holding solid foods for at least six months. Also in order to desensitize, a series of allergy shots containing allergens may be given to the patients that has a chance of reducing the allergy symptoms over a long periods of time. This is known as 'immunotheapy'.


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