Allergies are an exaggerated immune response by your body to any substance you come in contact to via:
- directly – as in poison ivy rash
- the air we breathe – as in pollen, animal dander
- the food we eat – as in peanut allergy
Symptoms can range from mild as in sneezing to severe as in anaphylaxis.
Allergic symptoms may represent the body’s initial way of trying to get rid of the offending agent and help you avoid contact with the allergen in the future. If the offending agent is not removed, and the immune system is not properly supported, this will force the body to hyper-react to the allergen in an extreme manner called anaphylaxis. This is a condition in which there is an inability to swallow, the tongue is swollen and there is a rapid swelling of throat tissues. This is life threatening and can result in loss of consciousness.