24 June 2013|
A few days ago, I went with my father to the AfterOurs Urgent Care clinic in Robbinsville, NJ, for another allergy shot that is supposed to treat my dog allergy. The doctor calls it immunotherapy, and he explained that the injection has some particles that are contained in dog saliva, and that they are causing my allergy symptoms – difficulty breathing, stuffy nose, itchy skin and teary eyes. As the doctor explained, the shot contains a tiny amount of those particles that cause my allergy, but it is not enough to make me feel sick. Instead, my body should adapt over time to these particles, and, in a few years, my body would not react to them anymore. Before the doctor recommended immunotherapy for my dog allergy, I had several allergy tests that helped him find out the precise chemical that is causing my allergy. The allergy tests were not painful or unpleasant in any way. The doctor put a tiny amount of various chemicals on my skin and then noticed how I would react to them. My skin turned red and itchy in the spot where he put chemicals that are found in dog saliva, which means that I am allergic to dogs. My father was curious to know more about my allergy and asked the doctor about finding out who may be at risk for allergies and why.
A Person is More Likely to Have an Allergy If One or Both Parents are Allergic
My father was wondering whether there is a connection between the cat allergy of my mother and my recently diagnosed dog allergy. The doctor explained that the genes play a significant role in allergies. Indeed, my allergy can be influenced by a genetic sensitivity that I may have from my mother. Certain allergies run in families, and if one or both parents are allergic to something, then the children are also vulnerable to the same type of allergy. However, in some cases, the children may inherit only a sensitive immune system, but they may develop a different allergy than their parents.
People who are Exposed to Chemicals at Work Have a High Risk for Allergies
Men or women who work in factories where various fabrics or plants are processed may experience allergy symptoms due to the persistent exposure to allergy-causing particles. Individuals who work in a dusty environment are also at risk. Children who live in families where one of the parents is smoking in the house may become allergic later in their life because their lungs become more sensitive and the immune system is weaker compared to children who live in a healthy, clean environment. I asked about my friend who is asthmatic and carries a spray with him to stop the shortness of breath when he feels sick. The knowledgeable allergy doctor at the AfterOurs Urgent Care clinic said that children who have asthma are also more vulnerable to allergies because they have a sensitive respiratory and immune system, and so their bodies may react in a negative way to various particles that do not cause allergies in healthy people.