Allergies affect at least two out of every ten Americans and are abnormal immune reactions to a usually harmless substance in the environment. Symptoms of inhaled or skin reactions may include itchy watery eyes, sneezing, rashes, hives, or an itchy runny nose. An allergic reaction may also be a result of eating certain foods or from insect bites. Severe allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis occur as a whole body reaction and are life threatening. Symptoms include hives and itching all over, wheezing and shortness of breath, tightness in the throat and tingling of the hands, feet, lips or scalp. These reactions require a trip to the emergency room.
There are lots of allergy treatment options. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can ease annoying symptoms. Allergy shots also help. Allergy shots can be very beneficial to alleviate environmental allergy symptoms for a long time and can greatly minimize risk of severe reaction if allergic to insect stings.