The immune system of your body plays a crucial role in defending you from dangerous viruses and bacteria attacks. In certain cases, our immune system also defends our body from substances that do not pose much threat to us. These substances, which are popularly termed as allergens, cause an allergic reaction when they enter into our body.

Interestingly, even the most experienced health care providers are unable to figure out why some people have allergies but they have acknowledged the fact that allergies can be inherited, which means that if your parents or any other family members have any specific allergies, then you are at a greater risk for developing them at some point in your life.

Even though the major reasons why allergies develop in people are unknown, there are a few substances, which usually cause an allergic reaction to most of us. People who experience allergies will be most probably allergic to at least one or two of the following things.

  • Pet dander
  • Bee stings and bites from other insects
  • Food items such as shellfish and nuts
  • Medications such as aspirin or penicillin
  • Molds or pollens
  • Certain plants

If you are allergic to any of these substances and if you have no idea on what to do if you were exposed to them, then you must visit our free womens clinic because we will give you a clear idea on how to cope with the allergens.

You should also note that the symptoms of an allergic reaction might vary from mild to severe. People who are exposed to an allergen for the first time in their lives usually display mild symptoms but the symptoms will gradually get worse when you are repeatedly exposed to the allergen. Some of the most common symptoms of a mild allergic reaction are itching, hives, nasal congestion, scratchy throat, itchy eyes, etc. However, people with severe allergic reactions might experience abdominal pain or cramping, chest pain, diarrhea, dizziness, vomiting or nausea, breathing difficulties, and swelling of eyes, tongue, or face.

Now matter whether your symptoms are mild or severe, it is always wiser to get in touch with our free womens clinic as soon as possible because we will help you to understand the risks associated with the allergic reaction and draft a treatment plan to deal with the issue in the best possible way.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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