Allergies are abnormal reactions to ordinarily harmless substances, which are then termed allergens. The immune system of an allergic person perceives an allergen, such as pollen, as an invader and initiates a biochemical chain reaction. A release of the body chemical histamine cause symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and sneezing. The most common allergens include pollens, molds, dust mites, animal dander (skin flakes shed by animals with fur); certain foods; medications; droppings from cockroaches and other pests; and insect stings.
Allergic reactions include hay fever, eczema, dermatitis, and hives. These conditions may be acute or chronic; they may be caused by a known trigger or have no identifiable cause. Allergies can lead to respiratory infections; acute allergic reactions can cause life threatening breathing problems.
Allergies affect children and adults and can interfere with the carrying out of the daily activities of life.
Sources. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Asclepeion Center for Body Mind Therapy.
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