Do your eyes start to water during the spring? Have you ever experienced extreme itching after eating something? If you have ever experienced something like this, you might have experienced an allergic reaction.
Allergic reactions are your body’s response to allergens. These reactions can range from rashes to more life-threatening symptoms.
Here are 10 interesting facts about allergies you might NOT have heard of before.
1. There are different types of allergy tests.
Allergy tests are performed to help you pin down the specific cause of your allergic reactions. The different types of allergy tests are:
– Skin Prick Test – Intradermal Skin Test – Patch Test – Blood Test
2. There 5 common types of allergens found in the Philippines.
Allergens are different substances that can cause an allergic reaction. These are the most common allergens in the Philippines.
a. Molds: Molds grow during warmer months in moist and damp places. b. Dust Mites: These pests are found in beds, sofas, and even carpets. They tend to multiply fast. c. Pollen: Pollen is responsible for seasonal allergies. It is a fine powdery substance made up of pollen grains from the seeds of plants and trees. d. Fish and Seafood: Fish is the most common food allergy in the Philippines. e. Pet Dander: Pet dander is the most common allergy from pets. It ranges from the pet’s saliva, urine, and skin.
5. Certain metals like nickel and cobalt can trigger allergic reactions.
On the other hand, metals like copper, gold, platinum, sterling silver, and stainless steel are least likely to cause allergic reactions.
6. Temperatures over 109.4 °F can cause an allergic reaction called heart urticaria.
Heart urticaria occurs when exposed to direct contact of a warm stimulus (direct and indirect heat, hot air, hot food, and drinks, etc.) to the skin. The reaction can occur within minutes and resolves within 1-2 hours.
This allergic reaction is rare with only a few reported cases.
7. Household pets like cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and birds are most likely to cause allergic reactions to people.
People can get allergic reactions by coming in contact with the animal’s skin cells, saliva, or urine. Pet allergy symptoms are the same as with those with hay fever.