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Symptoms like runny nose and nasal congestion can be annoying and difficult to cope with. You might want to book an online doctor’s appointment to treat the allergy from the comfort of your own home before it gets out of hand. 

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a hypersensitive immune response to a foreign substance such as dust, pollen, an insect sting or pet fur. Some people are even allergic to certain foods/food products. The material that causes or triggers an allergic reaction is known as an allergen. Many allergens are harmless and do not affect most people.

Allergies are more common than you think. According to research, allergies affect between 10-30% of the population worldwide. In fact, sensitization to common allergens are increasing. When a person comes in contact with an allergen the body gradually builds up sensitivity to the substance before initiating a response. As it becomes sensitive to the substance, the immune system starts making antibodies to attack it. This phenomenon is known as sensitization.

For instance, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are currently approaching 40%-50%. Booking a tele appointment with doctor might give you a head start in treating your children’s allergies. Moreover approximately 13% of people 18 and over in the U.S. have sinusitis. Is sinusitis and allergy the same thing? Not essentially but having allergies can influence a sinus infection and symptoms can overlap. Symptoms that are common to the flu, sinus infections and allergies can be confusing. Even though the symptoms are similar, treatment options may differ depending upon the underlying cause.

Some people have seasonal allergies which usually peak between April and May, just as Spring begins as the pollen count in the air is much higher.

Allergy symptoms

An allergic reaction mainly causes inflammation and irritation of the affected region. An allergy may affect the airway, the gut, skin, eyes, sinuses or nasal passages. Here are some common allergens and relative symptoms.

Pollen or dust

  • blocked nose
  • itchy eyes and nose
  • runny nose
  • swollen and watery eyes
  • cough

Allergies may be confused with other condition such as conjunctivitis or pink eye. You might be asking yourself ‘how to tell the difference between allergies and pink eye’?. Even though both conditions have symptoms that ae common to both, there are certain signs that are unique to each as well.

Skin reactions

  • Flaking
  • Itching
  • Peeling
  • Rashes
  • Food


  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Stomach cramps
  • Blood in stool
  • Swelling of lips and mouth

Food allergies to certain nuts, dairy and certain fish are common in children. It’s extremely important to inform your child’s school and caregivers about these allergies.

Bug bite/Insect sting

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheeze
  • Swelling and redness at site of sting
  • Itchy skin
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Chest tightness
  • Anxiety


  • Skin rash
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling of lips, tongue and face
  • Anaphylactic shock in severe cases

The onset of allergy symptoms are triggered by antibodies, particularly IgE that is released in response to a foreign substance. The IgE antibody is released to combat the allergen and also causes the production of other chemicals like histamine that trigger the allergic reaction and symptoms such as tightening of the muscles in the airways and production of mucus by the nasal passage.


Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that escalates quickly and can even be life threatening if not attended to immediately. It must be treated as a medical emergency. Research suggests that the airway and skin are most affected in an anaphylactic reaction.

Let’s take a look at some red flag signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.

  • Hives all over the body
  • Itching and redness of body
  • Burning sensation of skin
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Blue tint to the skin due to lack of shortage of oxygen
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness and fainting

In case of such an event, call your local emergency number immediately. If you are unable to contact a medical professional at that time, connect with an online doctor through an online doctor app called Mylivedoctors. Download it on your smartphone for FREE and sign up. It’s a quick and convenient way to get expert medical advice wherever, whenever.

To treat, observe and get refill prescriptions online you can book an online doctor’s appointment with the online doctor app and receive online medical consultation without having to step into a doctor’s office.

How do you treat allergies?

The obvious and most simple way to treat an allergy would be to avoid the allergen that triggers the reaction altogether. However, sometimes that’s not easy to do and in some instances, you may not even know what the allergen is. For instance, dust and pollen constantly float in the air, more so during spring. How can you avoid that? What you can do is use appropriate protective gear such as masks. If you are exposed to chemicals at work, wear gloves and protective goggles too.


Your doctor may prescribe certain medicines to help relieve allergy symptoms such as:

  • Antihistamines. These block the action of histamine. Should be used with care in children.
  • Decongestants. These open up the airway and provide short-term relief of symptoms.
  • Anti-leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are chemicals that are released during an allergic reaction. These medicines block their action and help with symptom relief.
  • Steroid sprays. Provide quick relief by opening up the nasal passage.

A lot of people look towards natural remedies to relieve allergy symptoms. You can use natural ingredients in addition to meds to achieve a soothing effect.


Immunotherapy refers to exposure to small doses of an allergen of a period of years to slowly hyposensitize your immune system. This type of therapy rehabilitates the immune system and creates a long-term tolerance to the foreign substance.

There is no way to really prevent an allergy. However, you can use this knowledge to limit and treat one for sure. For more information on allergy-like symptoms, please visit


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