Wayne Imber is a well-known immunologist and allergy specialist. Because so many people suffer from allergies, he has taken the time to focus on some of the most common ones. He understands that many people feel their quality of life is significantly reduced as a result of their allergies, but Imber believes there are ways to manage most of them and not spend your life in fear of the next allergy attack.

Understanding Allergies According to Wayne Imber

Allergies are basically a response from the body’s immune system to a substance that is benign. This means that the body comes into contact with something that is not harmful to the body, but the immune system confuses it with a foreign invader and sends out histamine. This leads to inflammation, which is the allergic reaction. Sometimes, allergic reactions can prove to be fatal, so they do have to be taken seriously. Let’s take a look at the most common ones and how to manage them.

  1. Pollen

Pollen is perhaps the most common allergy that people have the world over. An allergy to pollen causes people to experience hay fever. Hence, during spring and summer, when pollen counts are high, people start to have watery, burning, itchy eyes, experience frequent sneezing, and struggle to breathe.

  1. Mold

Most people with mold allergies are actually allergic to the mold spores. These can be inhaled or ingested, causing inflammation (an allergic reaction) in the airways. If you suddenly start to experience allergic reactions at home, have it checked for mold. This is very likely to be the issue at hand.

  1. Dander

Dander, or pet hair, is another very common allergy and one that can be very problematic because so many people have pets. Pet hair is covered in various proteins and oils designed to keep the fur healthy and shiny. However, a lot of people are allergic to that, which usually means that they cannot have pets. While it is possible to take antihistamines to make it a little bit better, the allergy will usually get worse over time with exposure, which means having a pet is generally not a good idea.

  1. Latex

Latex allergies can be very several. This is due to the protein found in rubber from which latex is created. Those who have a latex allergy usually have immediate allergic reactions, and generally very severe ones as well. If someone works in the health care industry they may have significant difficulties. It is also important to mention having a latex allergy before having any kind of medical procedure.

  1. Food Allergies

Last but not least, there are food allergies and these can be the most dangerous of all. Peanut allergies, for instance, can send people into anaphylactic shock. In fact, when someone has a peanut allergy, even a trace can cause a reaction. This is why “may contain nuts” is now added to so many food packages.