Know if You Are Having an Allergic Reaction

Edited by Maria Sharon Ubando, Eng, Calob Horton

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People have different reactions to several allergens. Some of us aren't even aware that we are allergic to something until we actually experience the symptoms. You can hear of people getting allergic from nuts, milk, sea foods, certain kinds of medications and the list just continues. The gravity of allergens vary from each individual. Some just simple get irritated eyes or runny nose but it could be fatal for other.

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So what's causing all these allergic reactions?

Our immune system is what's responsible for providing defense to our body against virus and bacterial attacks. There are some cases though when the body's immune system reacts against foreign bodies that enter our system even if they are not really seen as a threat. They are what we call the allergens. Reaction takes place when allergens gets in contact with the body. Allergens can either be inhaled, ingested or skin contact. The irony though about allergens is that they can be used as an antidote. Allergens can sometimes be injected into the body and could serve as an allergy treatment.

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Until now, doctors are not sure yet why we develop certain kinds of allergies but it will be of our benefit to learn about allergic reactions and how to deal with them.


Symptoms of Unusual Allergic Reactions

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    Blisters on skin.
    While we have been advised to get natural Vitamin D from the sun, there are some people who have sun allergy. When they are exposed under the sun, they get hives, blister and swelling on their skin. According to the most recent study done on sun allergy, there are about 10-20% of Europeans and Americans suffering from this strange allergy. It is believed that the reaction is caused by the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun.
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    Swollen tongue.
    People suffering from hay fever could at times suffer from a swollen tongue. The immune system of a person reacts to the pollen and treats it as a threat. The body's way of flushing out the intruders is through sneezing or a runny nose. In the case of oral allergy syndrome, the immune system reacts to proteins found in certain vegetables and fruits in the same way as the body reacts to pollen in hay fever. Other symptoms include swollen and itchy mouth, throat and face.
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    Red butts.
    Also called the Baboon Syndrome, a person exposed to certain kind of metal, plants or medicine develop rashes that are bright and red on their butts. It is so red that it can be compared to a baboon's butt. That's quite obvious how it got its name. While the rashes primarily appear on the butts, they can also develop on the inner thighs and even on the genitals. This allergic reaction is not fatal but a sufferer experience pains and itchiness. According to the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, some metals such as nickel, mercury and gold can trigger the reaction. Based on studies recently done, certain antibacterials and antibiotics also bring triggering effects whether taken orally or intravenously.
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Indications of Mild Allergic Reaction

Allergic reaction symptoms can be mild or severe. Usually, the reaction is mild when you are exposed to a certain allergen for the very first time. The severity increases though for repeated exposure.

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  • itchiness
  • watery eyes
  • hives
  • rashes
  • rhinitis (congested nose)

Indications of a More Severe Allergic Reaction

While most allergic reactions are mild, they could sometimes lead to life-threatening symptoms. This is especially so when the airway is blocked resulting to struggle from breathing. Anaphylaxis can also result to an abrupt drop of a person's blood pressure. When left untreated, this can cause a person's life in just 15 minutes. Some symptoms include:

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  • vertigo ( dizziness)
  • nausea (vomiting)
  • abdominal pains/cramps
  • palpitation of the heart
  • anxiety
  • breathing difficulty
  • weakness/fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • unconsciousness

Things that Trigger Anaphylaxis

  • common food allergens such as egg whites
  • shellfish
  • sesame seeds
  • dairy products
  • nuts
  • bee or wasp sting

Questions and Answers

Can I get a baboon butt from dairy allergy?

Yes, baboon syndrome can be caused by a dairy allergy. Usually, the syndrome is caused by skin touching whatever it is you're allergic to, but it can sometimes be caused by eating or drinking something you're allergic to, as well. Talk to your doctor to make sure that it is indeed baboon syndrome, and not something more serious.

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