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Allergic Conditions

Allergic conditions

Allergies arise when the body’s immune system becomes hypersensitive to such things as pollen or animals. These things do not bother people without allergies. When exposed to something one is allergic to, one might feel the following symptoms:
1. Sneezing
2. Shortness of breath
3. Itchy and watery eyes

■ Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies, also known as “hay fever” or seasonal allergic rhinitis develops when the body’s immune system becomes hypersensitive and reacts to irritants in the environment. Seasonal allergies, as the name implies, only occur during certain times of the year, typically during seasons when molds and spores are being released into the air, and when trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen particles in the air for fertilization.

■ Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an allergic mediated skin condition. The rash is often characterized by small, red, and itchy blisters which contain clear fluid, sitting atop irritated, plaques on the skin. When the blisters break open, the skin will weep and ooze with the liquid. Young children are the ones most commonly affected by this disorder, but it may also occur at any age. There are treatments and self-care measures that can be exercised in order to control the symptoms.

■ Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition wherein the internal walls of the airways become swollen and produce excessive amounts of mucus. This results in labored breathing, tightness in the chest, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. There are several measures an asthma sufferer may take to control the symptoms.