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.

Avoiding Hay Fever

Avoiding Hay Fever

Tips to help you avoid springtime allergies and hay fever In springtime, from coast to coast, Americans’ allergies are in bloom along with trees, grass and weeds. About 39 million people in the United States have seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever. For most, May through August is to be dreaded because of all …

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How to Stifle Seasonal Allergies

How to Stifle Seasonal Allergies

From pets to pollen, here’s what you need to know to stifle the sniffles — and the best remedies for annoying allergies. Cats, Pollen, Peanuts: Allergies Explained If the mere thought of spring makes your eyes itch, your nose run, and your chest tighten, join the club. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma …

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Take a Vacation from Allergies

Take a Vacation from Allergies

Need a break from allergy season? Why not take a vacation? Head for lower-pollen destinations during the worst parts of the season for relaxation…and relief. Plan your getaway. Consult a map Thinking of heading south to thaw out after a harsh northern winter? Be careful — you may be traveling right into an allergy attack! …

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Checklist Of Allergens

Checklist Of Allergens

An estimated 75 to 85 percent of all people who have asthma test positive to some type of inhaled allergen. An allergic reaction in the airways can result inimmediate blockage, the aftereffects of which may last weeks or longer. Physicians often ask the following questions to help determine the role, if any, allergies play in …

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