Welcome spring with green grass, flowers, pollens and allergies!

Allergies are very common,  effecting at least 1 in 5 Americans. They can start with contact that you swallow, inhale or get on your skin. Usually symptoms of nasal allergies from inhaling include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itchy, runny nose and fatigue. Skin allergies symptoms include rashes and hives.

Food allergies can cause stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.

The most severe allergy reaction is anaphylaxis. This affects your entire body. Symptoms may include hives/itching all over, wheezing or shortness of breath, hoarseness or tightening in the throat, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat, and tingling of hands, feet, lips, or scalp. Anaphylaxis is life threatening and you need to call 911 immediately. 

Nasal allergies can improve with over the counter medication such as antihistamines or decongestant when you nose is stuffed up. Anyone with hypertension should avoid decongestants and take Coricidin HBP. People with anaphylaxis should always carry a epinephrine auto injector. Many of these people have this severe reaction to peanuts, shellfish, and bee stings.

Treat all allergies and concerns with your medical provider. I had allergy shots and this relieved my allergies and asthma immensely!