What are allergies?
Allergies are your immune system’s exaggerated response to a substance that is deemed a threat but is actually harmless. When this substance is inhaled, swallowed or comes into contact with your skin, your immune system defends your body by releasing chemicals that attack the invader. These chemicals cause unpleasant symptoms such as runny nose, itchiness, watery eyes, rashes or hives, etc.
What causes allergies?
There are hundreds of substances that can trigger allergies. They are called allergens and include pollen from plants and trees, mold, dust mites, animal dander, chemicals, food and medications.
Who develops allergies?
Allergies can affect people of all ages, races and lifestyles. They are most common in children, but can occur at any age. There does appear to be a genetic predisposition toward developing allergies; a child who has a parent suffering from allergies is more likely to experience them.
Can allergies be prevented?
Certain types of allergies can be prevented by avoiding contact with the allergen. If you are allergic to a specific food, simply eliminate it from your diet. Other allergens are difficult to avoid, though steps can be taken to limit exposure. These include staying indoors during peak pollen times, purchasing allergy-safe bedding and investing in a dehumidifier to reduce moisture.
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