Providing Treatment Options for Allergies that Affect Patient's Nose and Sinuses
An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign substance (allergen) that is inhaled, touched, eaten or injected into the body. In most people, the body's immune system recognizes allergens as harmless and deals with them without us even noticing. But in the allergic person, the immune system "overreacts" to the allergen as if it is dangerous to the body. That reaction results in the symptoms we associate with allergies, which often adversely affect our work, play, rest and overall quality of life.
An allergen is any substance that triggers an allergic reaction. Allergens "invade" the body by being inhaled, swallowed, injected or even absorbed by the skin. Common allergens include pollen from trees, weeds and grasses, dust, mold, animal hair or dander, insect stings or bites, foods and chemicals.
Allergy Symptoms can take many different forms. Sneezing or stuffiness of the nose accompanied by redness or itching of the eyes are classic allergy symptoms, but are not always due to allergies; they can be caused by other conditions such as a constant low-grade sinus infection, temperature changes, or reaction to smoke or fumes. Listed below are common allergy symptoms and areas of your body affected:
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