I chose this topic because I have a few allergies, and one of them almost cost my life. I am allergic to a medicine that makes me swell up everywhere, even my throat. If my throat swelled up, it would block my air, and I wouldn’t be able to breath. Since that has happened, I want to learn more about how we get allergies, so we can protect all the people who have allergies. This is important for some people can get injured, while other people can die if they consume their allergies. Many people suffer allergies even more than before because of the change in the environment. We don’t want to die of something we can prevent. This can affect teenagers by knowing when they were younger, they had this specific allergy, but when you grow up, your body will become stronger. You might not be allergic to things you were allergic to when you were a kid. Why? Through exercising, you will be stronger, and your immune system would be able to tolerate the substance that you are allergic to, making you not have an allergic reaction to the substance.
First of all, what is an allergy? An allergy is an immune effect to a substance, like pollen, fur, or a particular food. If you don’t know whether you have an allergy or not, here are some signs to look for:
If you are allergic to a certain type of medicine or food:
Hives – An itchy red rash
Swelling – It happens mainly on you eyes, lips, tongue and face
Abdominal pain – Vomiting or diarrhea
Atopic eczema – Your skin will turn cracked, dry and red
If you are allergic to pollen, fur, or dust mites:
Asthma- When you are breathless, wheezing, and coughing a lot
Rhinitis- Blocked, itchy, runny, or sneezing nose
Conjunctivitis- Red and itchy eyes
What causes allergies? Well, they are still investigating on that, but we know it has something to do with the immune system and how it responds to the substance. Sometimes, you can know what you are allergic to if your family has had those allergies. However, that’s not for all the cases. For example, if your mom is allergic to pollen, it does not mean that you are also allergic to pollen. It all depends on your immune system.
When you get allergies, you would want to know what to do if that happened to yourself or others. For a minor allergic reaction, they can be dealt with at home. You could get an over the counter medicine that can ease breathing problems. This medicine is usually in a form of an eye drop, nasal spray, or tablet. You can use ice or topical cream to treat swelling, itching, and redness. If the medicine does not work, or is not strong enough, your doctor can prescribe you a stronger medicine.
To sum it all up, I think that allergies can be dangerous, but if you know how to prevent your allergies from happening, and know how to treat them when an allergic reaction occurs, I think that you are safe. This influences my thinking in wellness because now I know how to keep my body safe, healthy and happy, and I know what to consume and what not too. This also influences my thinking because when I was younger, I used to think that having an allergy would not be a big deal, but I was wrong. I wish I never had allergies, and I hope you have none too. Thank you.
This shows 8 common food allergies that people might have. It is sad to think that people are allergic to daily food that we need.