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Let’s Talk About…Allergies

Another big issue I deal with in our clinic is allergies.  So, let’s start out with a very brief and simple explanation of what an allergy is.  An allergy is an immune system response to some “thing” that causes an inflammatory reaction.  Most people are familiar with many of these reactions.  The reactions include itchy irritated eyes, nasal congestion/sneezing/itching, post nasal drip, and a scratchy, itchy, irritated throat.  More significant allergic responses include eczema, asthma, and hives.  The most severe allergic response is termed anaphylactic shock, where the airways swell shut and breathing is no longer possible.
What I commonly see in my clinic in my patients with allergies:
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