If you’ve noticed that in these winter days, to go out a bit helpless, there is any redness or welts on your skin, pay attention! You could be in front of a ‘cold urticaria’ or, we do not understand, allergy to cold.
This occurs in contact with any cold substance: water, food, drink, atmosphere or surface. The reaction occurs at the time but, after 10 or 30 minutes, when the body begins to overheat, that’s when symptoms appear.
Speaking of symptoms, would you know what?
- Begins to sting and to redden the skin. They can appear hives.
- The swelling of the hands if you touch a cold surface.
- The swollen lips if you have consumed food or drink ice cream.
- In the worst cases, swollen tongue and throat.
- You may experience fever and malaise.
To detect this allergy in hospitals are the ‘ice-cube test’ which is to apply cold in the patient’s forearm and wait for the reaction. In case you want to compare reports are usually immersed in water arm at low temperatures. Do not worry that in the conduct of the tests do not pinch, you can relax!
This type of allergy has no definitive cure, although in some cases, it may disappear after a while. The remedies used are anti-staminate or induction treatments for cold tolerance gradually get used to the body.
No permanent cure but we can prevent symptoms. Some of the recommendations that follow are:
- Avoid exposure to cold surroundings and, in the case of having to do, protect and shelter.
- No food or drinks cold, forget the ice!
- No sports involving exposure to low temperatures so you will have to change the riding skiing …
Although the world seems to suffer from an allergy of this type, with a little care and responsibility on the part of yourself you can live a full life, everything is used!
In addition to appropriate medical treatment for allergies, there are other series of steps you can take in combating allergies. These measures discussed below are entirely practical and natural. First, discard the vices like alcohol or cigarettes and snuff, while reducing exposure to elements such as pollen allergies, mold, mites and animals.
Vitamin E is a good ally, as it helps reduce the formation of inflammatory substances responsible for the symptoms of allergies. Magnesium is also an excellent resource, because it improves the ventilation of the lungs. Did you know that yellow vegetables, oranges and reds can also be helpful to combat allergies?
The reason is that betacarotes or contain natural pigments, which prevent inflammation and protect tissues. Finally, note that a great trick to combat this nuisance disease is to drink plenty of water.
Can I prevent allergies. What recommendations could give us a better way to address them?
The doctor after examining the patient, perform a physical examination and knowing your medical history and family history, you can perform a series of tests such as skin test.
The skin test and allergic skin test involves applying a series of known substances that often cause allergies. Are injected through a lance to a few millimeters below the skin.
Each substance is inoculated separately in order to see which of them is what causes the allergic reaction. After spending 15-20 minutes there is skin to see what red zone.
When it comes to other substances such as certain foods or medications, should be subject the patient to an induction to the reaction under medical supervision.
What are the symptoms that allergy sufferers?
The pollen allergy rhinitis seasonal produce. Symptoms vary from patient to patient but, generally, are characterized by sneezing a lot and have congestion, itching or fluid in the nose. His eyes may also have itching, burning, swelling or be watery.
Other signs are itchy throat and cough. You can also have their ears plugged or diminish the sense of taste or smell. Sudden changes in temperature, smoke snuff and environmental pollution can worsen this allergy.
Some people have more severe symptoms as they are, in addition to the above, headaches, irritability, insomnia, sneezing and watery eyes. Sometimes you notice shortness of breath and wheezing with breathing.
Symptoms of food allergy: urticaria, eczema, swelling of lips, hands, feet, shock, and atopic dermatitis. The most common symptoms in children are diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting.
If you feel itchy eyes, sneezing more than usual and have welts on the body … Most likely you are suffering from the dreaded allergy, an enemy who attacks us with more force when the spring begins.
Intiminero spoke with the Doctor, Denisse Moran, Chief Medical Collahuasi to know more about allergies, how can we confront them, their symptoms and some basic recommendations for addressing, among other related aspects.
What are allergies, what causes them?
An allergy is an overreaction of the body to a substance perceived as a harmful agent.
The human body contains a number of components, cells and proteins that are responsible to defend when attacked by foreign agents. These components form the immune system.
Sometimes agents are considered harmful to the body, are not dangerous but that is as perceived by the defense system. When these agents come into contact with the body produces an exaggerated response that causes the symptoms of allergies.