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Allergies During Pregnancy

About 25% of expectant mothers complain of some sort of allergic symptoms or the other during their pregnancies. It is quite common for pregnant women to get allergies during pregnancies. While some women with allergies before conceiving a child express that they undergo a dramatic hike in their allergic reactions during pregnancy, most of those with no allergies pre-pregnancy state that these reactions often only show up during pregnancy.

Now why does this happen?

Pregnancy is a period when the body of a woman undergoes many changes to facilitate a baby. One of the known changes are the presence of pregnancy hormones, which helps make sure the little human within a woman gets the right environment to grow and develop into a human being. However, these hormones can cause some side effects to the mother, included but not limited to inducing morning sickness and allergic reactions.

Although the more common allergic reaction –runny nose and itching- mostly only cause discomfort to the mother without any harm to the baby, an anaphylactic shock can seriously have harmful effects to the baby.

If you do have allergic reactions, it is advised that you meet with your doctor to ask what you should do and what you should avoid to curb the risk of undergoing anaphylactic shock.

Due to the changing environments in the body, pregnant women should always consult if the medications they take to manage allergies are safe for them, even those who took the medicine before pregnancy and experienced no side effects. The effect of medication to a woman during pregnancy may change due to the ever changing environment of the body itself. Also, it is not advised to start receiving allergic shots during pregnancy, because doing so can trigger huge changes in the already fluctuating body of a pregnant woman.

It is said that the best defense to allergies is  – good offence. Stay away from dusty areas, or areas which will logically contain more allergens that will otherwise trigger an allergic reaction. Consult your doctor to confirm safe methods of managing allergies, to ensure that the fetus isn’t harmed.

(Source: http://www.whattoexpect.com , http://allergies.about.com)

Stop Allergy Attack!

Do you know…

It is estimated that 30%-40% of the world’s population is affected by one or more allergic conditions? Currently, there is about 15%-20% of Malaysian population suffering from allergies and this figure is expected to increase to 50%, 10 years from now. While most allergies appear during the early years of childhood, they can also develop in any person at any age. Allergies are not inherited. Yet, there is no cure at the moment.

The best way to stop an allergic reaction is of course, we PREVENT it! However, this is not always easy. If you are allergic to certain food like eggs, fish, soy, peanuts and so on, you can always prevent the allergic reaction by avoiding consuming them (Unless you are not realizing on it). But when it comes to house dust mites or fungal spores, then it will be hard to spot and get rid of them.

Allergic reaction may come in many different ways. Some allergic reactions can come via direct skin contact from exposure to poisonous plants, animal dander, pollen and latex. Some reaction is caused by injection through bee sting and medication. Ingestion of few types of food such as orange, crab, shrimp, milk-cow and so on can also lead to allergic reaction. Other means of allergic reaction including inhalation of pollen, dust, animal dander, mold & mildew.

Urbanization has created massive environmental toxins such as smoke, chemicals and fumes exposing us to the risk of allergies. Physical agents like sunlight, humidity and haze have also contributed to the problem. Allergic problems will continue to escalate as air pollution and ambient temperature increase due to environmental and climate changes.

Symptoms of allergic reactions range from minor nuisances such as itches, sneezing and watery eyes to more acute cases like a fall in blood pressure or severe breathing difficulties. If your child is suspected of suffering from an allergy, an experienced doctor is necessary to conduct allergy tests and to analyze the result accurately.

By doing allergy test, it can help to pinpoint which substances you are allergic to. The Allergy ASEAN Panel applied in our lab composed of both food and inhalant allergens tested in a single panel. Patient’s blood will be tested to measure the specific IgE level in the serum.