health tips, health and wellness

What Are Symptoms of Allergies?

When someone has an allergy it basically means they are hypersensitive to certain, usually harmless things, like dust, foods or plants.

Tens of millions of people suffer from allergies throughout the world. Allergy symptoms can range from a runny nose and itchy eyes, to anaphylactic shock or death. Seen in its simplest form, an allergy is an over-reaction of the body’s immune system. In short, the body responds as though it’s under attack, releasing antibodies and triggering inflammation, even though the stimulus of the attack (the allergen) is normally harmless.

 


Anaphylactic shock caused by an allergy to a specific compound usually happens after an allergen has been ingested, inhaled or has come into contact with the skin. If it is particularly severe, it can lead to death within minutes, but can also take hours to present.

 

What Are The Reactions to Latex Allergy?

Allergic reactions caused by latex allergy occur commonly in people allergic to the latex in rubber gloves. Three types of reactions can occur if you have a latex  allergy: The first type is Irritant contact dermatitis, this common reaction to protective gloves isn't an actual allergy but most likely due to sweating or rubbing under gloves. This rash occurs most often in people who wear protective gloves, so it's common among dental and health care workers.

The next reaction is Allergic contact dermatitis, a reaction to the latex or chemical additives used during the manufacturing process. The chemicals added to latex can cause a skin rash to develop 24 to 48 hours after contact. The rash usually starts on the parts of your skin that have come in contact with latex, and then may spread to other areas. Oozing blisters also may occur.

And finally, there is Hypersensitivity immune system response, where the actual latex allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to proteins found in natural rubber latex. In a latex allergy, exposure to latex may cause immediate reactions, such as itching, redness, swelling, sneezing and wheezing.

Other common signs and symptoms of latex allergy are similar to those of hay fever or asthma: and include things like a stuffy nose, cough, hives or rash, itchy and watery eyes, and difficulty breathing. The most serious allergic reaction to latex is an anaphylactic response, which can be deadly. Anaphylactic reactions develop immediately after latex exposure in highly sensitive people and cause the airways to constrict, making it difficult to breathe. Blood pressure may drop to life-threatening levels, making you feel dizzy or causing you to lose consciousness.

Other serious signs and symptoms of latex allergy to look out for are, wheezing, confusion, slurred speech, rapid or weak pulse, blueness of your skin, including your lips and nail beds, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It is important to seek emergency medical care if you think you or someone else is having an anaphylactic reaction.

 

Airways become constricted due to facial and neck swelling, and anxiety, vomiting, itching and fainting can be experienced. This allergy response requires immediate medical attention, which can involve administering epinephrine (adrenaline to keep the airway open) and rescue breathing.
Allergic responses are usually viewed in three categories. First is the acute allergic reaction, which may occur rarely or in response to a single allergen (such as peanuts) and can be quite dangerous. The second category is chronic cases, in which the sufferer regularly or always show allergy symptoms, sometimes in response to a specific allergen (e.g., dust mites or ragweed), or as the result of an overload of allergens. In the third category, sub clinical cases, people may suffer transient, seemingly disconnected symptoms that can be difficult to recognize as an allergic response.
The allergic response is closely related to the inflammatory cascade, and that’s one reason it has such serious health effects. Allergic reactions are recognized as one of the most important causes of illness and disease in America. Allergies and sensitivities are at the root of many health problems, including respiratory ailments, skin abnormalities, mood disorders and gastrointestinal symptoms. And the negative health effects resulting from the mechanism of inflammation are equally profound. In short, neither a chronic nor acute allergic response is something you should ignore.