Allergies are hypersensitive reactions of the immune system. Allergic reactions range from mild to severe. For instance, they can be associated with runny nose, eczema, asthma, anaphylactic shock, and even death. Allergies result in an overproduction of the immunoglobulin IgE. As a result, an excessive activation of mast cells and basophils occur. These white cells contain packets of histamine that can produce hives, itching and redness. To reduce symptoms associated with these reactions, oral and topical steroids, antihistamines, and immunosuppressants are often used.
Dr Dan’s Cortibalm and Dr. Dan’s Hand Lotion work to reduce the symptoms of itching, swelling and redness associated with allergic reactions. On top of that, routine application will help your lips and skin feel softer and smoother.
What are Allergies?
Allergies are hypersensitive responses of the immune system that occur when a substance in the environment is recognized as “foreign”. This substance is known as an allergen, which produces an allergic response in the immune system. The response may be as mild as a sneeze or rash or as severe as anaphylactic shock, bronchoconstriction or even death. Most of the time, allergic responses are mild and result in the release of chemicals from cells that help to make up the immune system. These cells include lymphocytes, neutrophils, mast cells, eosinophils and macrophages. In addition, these cells contain chemicals such as histamines, bradykinins and hydrolytic enzymes that are released into your system when an allergic response occurs.
Contact dermatitis is one of the most common allergic responses. When an individual’s skin comes in direct contact with an allergen such as poison ivy, the oil on the leaves produces an allergic response. From here, cells containing chemicals are released. As a result, these chemicals produce the raised, red, itching rash associated with poison ivy and similar plants. Fortunately, allergy treatment can reduce these symptoms.
How do I know if I have an Allergy?
The easiest way to identify an allergy is to associate the allergen with the allergic response. For instance, the allergic reaction from poison ivy is easy to recognize. If you are aware of a recent contact with this plant and develop a rash, you are more than likely allergic to it. In some cases, finding the allergen, or the substance that you are allergic to, is more difficult. In these cases, going to an allergist and having skin testing performed will help you identify your allergies.
How do I treat my Allergies?
Identifying the substance you are allergic to is the most important part of allergy treatment. Once identified, you can avoid it and properly treat it if an allergic reaction occurs. If you do happen to develop and allergic reaction, the treatment is based on the type of reaction you have. For example, severe, life threatening reactions should be treated with the administration of epinephrine. However, allergy treatment for other symptoms may require antihistamines, glucocorticoids, theophylline, decongestants and other medications.