What are allergies?
An allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance which is usually harmless. For example, pollen, pets, dust mites, insects, foods, or medications. These substances are known as allergens or triggers.
Several different conditions can be classified as allergies, including hayfever, eczema, and asthma.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
The severity of allergies can vary, but for some people, the allergic reaction can be a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
Anaphylaxis is an emergency and requires immediate medical treatment. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing anaphylaxis, call 000 immediately.
What are some contributing factors to developing allergies?
Often people develop allergies for unknown reasons, but you may be more likely to experience allergies if:
How your PharmaSave Pharmacist can help
There are many over-the-counter options available for the treatment and prevention of allergies, and often the best results come from combining several treatments. Your local PharmaSave Pharmacist will be able to assist you with advice and treatment options most suited to you.
You can find your nearest PharmaSave Pharmacy here.