Top 5 Allergies in the Philippines

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Posted on: July 7th, 2018
Author: Dezsa Rubio
Ask anyone and they will most likely have at least one allergy. Among all the chronic conditions in the world, having allergies is the most common. But no matter how common it is, allergies can be risky and lethal.

 

According to hopkinsmedicine.org, allergic reactions begin in the immune system. When a person encounter allergens like dust or pollen which he or she is allergic to, the immune system will over react by producing antibodies that “attack” the allergen. This over reactions may result to wheezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes and some other more fatal symptoms.

 

People with a family history of allergies have a higher possibility of developing allergic disease. Some types of allergic diseases include eczema, hives, asthma, hay fever and food allergies. Symptoms for allergy ranges from mild to a life-threatening allergic reaction or medically called anaphylaxis.

 

The following are the Philippines most commonly detected allergens:
Molds – Molds grow on moist, dim, damp and warm places. It can lurk and cultivate in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Molds will usually occur during warmer months, especially during summer.Mold-infested houses pose risk to people’s health. Make sure to clean the areas where molds have grown.
Dust Mites – These microscopic critters love warmth and humidity like molds. Often, they are found among cushiony household articles like beds, sofas, carpets and even plush toys. Dust mites tend to multiply fast and die slow. One can get rid of dust mites by deep cleaning the house and soaking sheets in hot water every week. And most especially keep all nooks and crannies dust-free
Pollen – Pollen is a fine to coarse powdery substance made up of pollen grains from seed of plants and trees. They are responsible for seasonal allergies or hay fever. Some trees shed more than others like elm, oak, and pine trees. It is best to avoid foliage if one is allergic to pollen.
Fish – As rich as the Philippines is in aquatic resources, other Filipinos are unable to enjoy eating seafood. Fish is a common food allergy in the country. In a study done for food allergies. It was found that about 81 percent of Filipino respondents are allergic to seafood.
Pet Dander – Dander is the most common allergy coming from furry pets like cats and dogs. Pet dander ranges from pet saliva, urine and skin. It is easily transferred from one home to another.To avoid dander from spreading in your house, make sure you shower when you came in contact with a pet. It would also help to wash the bedding and other sheets.
To know what specific allergens you are allergic to, consult an allergist and immunologist for your treatment and management of your allergies.