When you have an allergy to a plant, or animal, or food, or something else, your body, actually your “immune system”, is reacting as if it “doesn’t like” that item. It sees it as an intruder and begins to fight against it. Everyone system is different, which is why we all react differently to various items and products.
When your immune systems detects something that it believes is “bad” for you, it shifts into protection mode and attempts to fight off any potential disease by producing antibodies that are capable of fighting bacteria and infections. Unfortunately our immune systems can mistakenly attempt to fight off something that really isn’t a threat. A good example is when your body begins producing “histamines” when they are not needed, causing your nose to “run” or become itchy.
Allergic reactions can occur in different parts of the body. When you are sniffling and sneezing, it is likely the reaction occurred in your sinus (nasal passage). Asthma is an allergy that occurs in your lungs, while a milk allergy would occur in your stomach. Breaking out in hives would be an allergy to something that touched you and would occur on your skin.
Understanding the way your body works is the best way to determine what is happening. If you know that you always start sneezing when you are around fresh cut grass, you can learn to minimize your outbreaks by avoiding that stimulant.
OTC medications like antihistamines help with many of the affects of many reactions. However, some allergic reactions can be life-threatening. Visiting a doctor when you begin to notice your body responding the same way to certain stimuli is a great way to begin to beat the allergic curse!
Paul D is a freelance writer on health issues and has written numerous articles for AllergiesHelpBlog.com