Itchy water eyes, runny nose, stuffy head? You know how miserable your allergy symptoms make you. Affecting over 20% of the US population, including children, allergies can be incredibly intrusive to your everyday life resulting in sick days and being unable to enjoy everyday activities. However, symptoms of allergies can be much more than just a nuisance, sometimes resulting in anaphylactic shock and death. Common allergies include allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, eczema, hives, and anaphylactic shock. Common allergens include indoor air pollution, pet dander, insect bites, foods such as peanuts, and medicine such as penicillin.
An allergic reaction occurs in individuals with an oversensitive immune system. The oversensitivity causes the body to attack an otherwise harmless particle with the immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody, producing histamine which causes a variety of irritating symptoms. Asthma is a condition characterized by inflammation of the breathing passages of the lungs resulting in shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Allergic asthma is triggered by an allergy, but asthma can also exist on its own with no known history of allergies.
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