Allergies are a very common health condition that affects millions of people globally, it occurs when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance, for most people it is caused by a food that doesn't cause reaction in other people.
The immune system produces substances known as antibodies, when you have allergies, the immune system make antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn't. When you come into contact with the allergen, the immune system's reaction can inflame the skin, sinuses, airways and digestive system.
The severity of allergies differ from one person to the other, and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis, a potentially life threatening emergency.
Most allergies can not be cured, however treatment can help relieve the allergy symptoms. Most people with allergy know that they are going to live with this condition forever.
The allergies affect people differently and the symptoms are different.
A woman named @gracefullyloved shared how she is struggling to get help with her allergy test in Pretoria. She shared that she has called all the government hospitals in Pretoria and none could help her do allergy testing.
She wrote: "Hey Fam. I've called all the government hospitals in Pretoria and none do allergy testing. Does anyone know any government hospitals in GP of KZN that does allergy testing. Private centres charge around R2000 including consultation."
She appealed to the public to help her with information on where she could get help on getting tested for her allergy, and shared that it is urgent.
Public health facilities in South Africa should offer such tests for people who can afford to go to private centres, things like allergies, sinuses, bronchitis and many other life threatening medical conditions should be tested in public health centres across the country.
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