Do allergies reduce life expectancy?

Do allergies reduce life expectancy?

Do allergies reduce life expectancy?

SAN DIEGO — Their runny noses might drive them crazy, but people with allergic rhinitis are likely to outlive the rest of us, a new study suggests.

Can allergies cause permanent damage?

Only a small percentage of those who develop allergic reactions suffer permanent damage to the lungs. In the most serious cases the combination of the allergic reaction and the immune system's reactions can cause lung damage.

Do allergies mean you have a strong immune system?

While allergies indicate that the immune system is not functioning correctly, a group of researchers' suggests otherwise. They argue that these allergies could be the body's mechanism of getting rid of toxic substances and that allergies are indicators of strong immune systems.

Is it bad to not treat allergies?

They provide the perfect place for bacteria to accumulate, grow, and cause infection. Untreated allergies may also worsen other chronic problems such as asthma, and skin disorders like eczema and hives. These are just some physical complications.

Can allergy be fatal?

Allergy symptoms aren't usually life-threatening, but a severe allergic reaction can lead to anaphylaxis. Even if you or your child has had only a mild anaphylactic reaction in the past, there's a risk of more severe anaphylaxis after another exposure to the allergy-causing substance.

Do allergies get worse as you age?

People tend to experience more severe symptoms from ages five to 16, then get nearly two decades of relief before the condition returns in the 30s, only to have symptoms disappear for good around age 65.

How common are allergy deaths?

Between 1 percent and 15 percent of the population of the United States can be considered at risk for having an anaphylactic reaction when exposed to one or more allergens. Of those people who experience anaphylaxis, up to 1 percent die. Anaphylaxis results in approximately 1,500 deaths per year in the U.S.

Do allergies damage your body?

Allergy symptoms, which depend on the substance involved, can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, and digestive system. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. In some severe cases, allergies can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

What happens if you leave allergies untreated?

Unchecked allergies can eventually lead to inflammation and infection. Things like ear infections and sinus infections can start to occur more frequently, which can then lead to even more serious problems like asthma or structural sinus issues that will require surgical intervention.

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