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Basic Allergy Information for patients

Basic Allergy Information for patients



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  • 1. Allergies What you should know Sources: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes/allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/g9HC8F
  • 2. What are allergies? Allergies happen when your body reacts to something that it should normally ignore. Technically, your immune system produces an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) for each specific allergen (or trigger). When your body encounters the allergen (or trigger), your immune system’s response causes inflammation. The inflammation can be inside your body or outside. It can be dangerous, but sometimes it is just uncomfortable. About Allergies Image Credit: WHO
  • 3. Allergens An allergen is something that causes allergic symptoms. Allergens can also be called “Triggers”. There are many common allergens. It's very important to talk to your doctor if you have had a reaction to any of the items listed in this slideshow. About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/SPTVLD
  • 4. Household Triggers  Pets (most often animal skin flakes or "dander”)  Smoke  Dust mites  Cockroaches  Mold  Chemical irritants About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/wFxdcn
  • 5. Foods  Egg  Milk  Peanut  Tree nuts, such as walnuts almonds, cashews  Soy  Wheat  Shellfish, such as shrimp, crayfish, lobster, crab  Fish, such as salmon About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/wFxdcn
  • 6. Medicines  Penicillin and other antibiotics  Aspirin and ibuprofen  Anticonvulsants  Monoclonal antibody therapy  Chemotherapy And some people are allergic to other medications not on this list. About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/wFxdcn
  • 7. Insect Stings and Bites  Yellow jackets  Honeybees  Paper wasps  Hornets  Fire ants About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/wFxdcn
  • 8. Contact Allergens  Plants  Cosmetics  Latex  Metals, such as in jewelry or clothing About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/tEb1Cr
  • 9. What you can do  Know your allergies, and know what to avoid.  Contact your doctor about any unusual reactions to food, plants, medicines, or other items.  Avoid contact with things you know trigger allergies.  Keep a clean home.  In the event of a severe allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention immediately. About Allergies Image Credit: http://mrg.bz/wFxdcn