Allergy Basics

An allergen is any substance that the body perceives as a threat, triggering a specific chain of events called an allergic cascade. The immune system protects the body and sometimes mistakenly identifies a harmless allergen as a threat. The resulting allergic reaction causes symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, itching and hives.

Relief From Hay Fever

Relief From Hay Fever

Relief From Hay Fever For most of us, spring is an eagerly anticipated part of the year. But for up to 35 million Americans, spring represents the beginning of the dreaded allergy season. Rather than looking forward to the blossoming of flowers, many of us are looking forward to sneezing, sniffling, a runny nose and …

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Fall allergies

Fall allergies

It is rather usual to associate allergies with spring, a period during which pollination of trees and grasses is at its maximum. And yet, the months of September and October also bring their share of sneezing and tearing with the return in force of many allergens different from those of spring. So, even if the hay is …

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Pollen and Mold Report

Pollen and Mold Report

Summary A pollen and mold report is a report of the amount of airborne allergens currently found in the air at a specific location. This information is useful to anyone who is diagnosing, treating or managing an allergic disease. The report includes counts for four separate types of allergens: Tree pollen Grass pollen Weed pollen …

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Immunizations and Allergies

Immunizations and Allergies – Causes, Diagnosis Methods, Treatment

Also called: Vaccines and Allergies Summary Immunizations are methods of vaccinating patients against certain diseases. In most cases, patients do not experience an adverse reaction to these vaccines. However, in rare cases vaccines may trigger allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Children make up the majority of immunization patients. Many parents feel torn between a desire …

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Immune System and Allergies

Immune System and Allergies

Summary The immune system protects the body from infections, diseases and foreign substances. It involves a number of organs, tissues and cells. Whenever possible, these components work together to keep foreign invaders (known as antigens) from entering the body and bloodstream. However, when antigens do penetrate into the blood, the immune system is capable of immediately …

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