On today’s edition of “The Doctors”, the doctors discuss a troubling topic that has been bothering people for the longest time: allergies. Allergies, depending on the person, can range from mild sneezing, to breaking out in rashes or hazes, and worst of all, the worst allergies can end in death. Though allergies can end in deadly consequences, there is still hope.
The doctors discuss a potential new break through in combating allergies. Dr. Ordon is joined on set by nurse practitioner, Angela Patterson, FNP, who helps to give insight when it comes to the recurring issue of allergies and its potential risks. In the United States alone, there are at least 50 million people who suffer from a variety of different allergies. These allergies can impact a person both during their day, and even during their nights when they are trying to sleep. In most cases, developing allergies is a higher risk for people who have family histories related to allergies.
Allergies are essentially what happens when the body’s immune system mistakes a harmless substances, such as pollen, dust, peanut butter, etc, and miscatagorizes it as a dangerous substance, and proceeds to defend itself against the “foreign substance”. Most typically allergy triggers are pollen, dust mites, mold, and even pet dander. The primary systems that occur during an allergic reaction are sneezing, headaches, stuffy noses, and watery eyes.
The first step in fighting back against your allergies is to know what is causing them. Getting tested for allergies and confirming the primary trigger is essential. By avoiding this trigger, it helps to lower the chances of aggravating it. If you are outside during the day, when you come home, it is best to take a hot shower, as it rinses off whatever leftover allergen is stuck on your skin. A great product to use to help clear your nasal airway are spicy foods, such as wasabi and garlic.