What can happen if you leave your allergies untreated?

Untreated allergies

What can happen if you leave your allergies untreated?

We’re all aware of what allergies are. We know the signs, the symptoms, the methods to treat them. If you’re one of the unlucky few (or unlucky many, considering how common they are), it’s likely the cause is food, insect stings, medication, or pollen, to name the most common.

We also know that in the worst of circumstances they can lead to anaphylaxis. This can spiral into serious problems like an inability to breathe or cardiac arrest. The number of people admitted to hospital as a result of anaphylaxis increased by 615% from 1992 to 2012, with almost 20 people dying from it per year in the UK alone. If this can happen when you’re on top of your allergy, what could possibly happen if you put off treating it?

Mild allergies

This can be all too tempting if you have milder symptoms. Allergies are the most common chronic disease in the UK, with over 20% of the population reporting to have an allergy. However, for many of us, symptoms are often not fatal. You might experience a runny nose, a rash or hives, asthma, coughing and sneezing, watery eyes, and bowel irritation, but overall, it’s nothing more than a slight inconvenience.

People feel they can ignore their allergy symptoms because they think they can deal with them without medical intervention. For some, this might be true in very mild cases. For others, you could set yourself up for more future problems. There is little evidence to suggest that leaving everyday allergies untreated can worsen your symptoms for that allergy, but you can create new health issues by doing so.

Long-term effects

For example, untreated allergic rhinitis can lead to sinus and ear infections due to the inflammation and swelling. When inflamed, sinuses are not as good at draining fluid. 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. Untreated allergies can also have lasting impacts on your life in other ways. One Norwegian study showed how children experiencing symptoms of hay fever received worse grades than their peers. In adults, allergy symptoms caused people to miss days of work or report serious impairment at their job.

Don’t suffer in silence

Avoiding allergy treatment can not only lead to other health issues, but it can also lead to low productivity, and reduced performance. Not to mention the constant irritation that can dampen every daily experience.

Therefore, it is essential you visit health professionals who can advise you on the best way to treat and manage your symptoms. With the technology and treatments readily available, there is no reason you should have to suffer in silence, no matter how mild your symptoms are. It might not lead to anaphylaxis, but it still needs seeing to.

At the London Allergy and Immunology Centre, our consultants take you through your options step by step, making sure you get the best possible solution to your allergy problems. So, get in touch with us today on 02031 433 449, or book an appointment here.  

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