Allergic Reactions such as bee stings, peanuts, poison ivy, poison oak, and other bug bites or allergic reactions require some medical attention. Allergic reactions can range from a simple rash to full respiratory collapse resembling an asthma attack.
Understanding Allergic Reactions…
To understand how allergies might respond to chiropractic treatment, first you need to understand how allergies affect your body. Allergies are the result of an overactive immune system. When unwanted particles enter your body, through eating or breathing, the body responds by attacking them with your immune system. The immune system is made up of all the blood producing and supporting organs, the lymph system and the blood stream. When this system is functioning correctly, the body can defeat most unwanted particles that find their way in. When the immune system is underperforming, these pathogens proliferate and can become disease or chronic illness.
It is also possible for the immune system to be functioning with too much aggression. When this occurs the body overreacts to certain minor exposures, such as shell fish or ragweed, and this tenacity results in an allergic reaction.Severe allergic reactions can result in anaphylactic shock and death.
The most common form of allergies is of the respiratory variety. When pollen, ragweed and dust fill the spring and fall air, many patients react with runny noses, stuffed sinuses and itchy eyes. The traditional treatment for allergies is with an antihistamine such as Claritin.
Anaphylaxis: What Is It and How to Get Help
Most people with allergies get only mild to moderate symptoms, but bad cases can lead to anaphylaxis.
It’s a serious situation and can put your body into shock. Food, medications, insect bites, or latex are the most likely causes.
A second anaphylactic episode can happen up to 12 hours after the first one.
The symptoms of anaphylaxis can come on suddenly.
They can quickly go from a mild rash or runny nose to serious problems such as a hard time breathing, tightness in the throat, hives or swelling, nausea or vomiting, and fainting or dizziness. Some people can get a rapid pulse or their heart will stop beating. If you’ve had previous attacks or know you are at risk for anaphylaxis, your doctor might prescribe medicine that you can give yourself, or that someone else can give you. Adrenaclick,Auvi-Q, EpiPen, Symjepi or a generic version of an epinephrine auto-injector are devices loaded with this medicine.
Carry this with you always and be aware of your allergy triggers.
Call 911 and go straight to an emergency room at the first sign of trouble, even if you have used the injection device. Go even if you are starting to feel better, in case you have a delayed reaction.
What Things Most Often Cause an Attack?
Why do some people have such bad allergies and others don’t? Experts don’t have all the answers, but they say family history is important.
Some common allergens include:
- Animal dander
- Bee stings
- Certain medications such as penicillin
- Dust mites
- Foods — particularly peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat, and soy
- Insect bites
- Latex or other materials you touch
- Plants and pollens