Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide.

According to the leading experts in allergy research, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

Allergy Symptoms

An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach, or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger asthma symptoms. In serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis can occur.

A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reactions. The most common include:

Environmental

  • Animal dander

    Pet allergies are caused by a protein present in pet’s dander, skin flakes, saliva, and urine.

  • Dust

    Dust mites that can be found in dust particles and can cause a dust allergy.

  • Pollen

    Pollen allergies causes so-called Hay Fever (or Seasonal allergic rhinitis).

  • Mold

    Molds are microscopic fungi made up of clusters of filaments. Many molds reproduce by releasing spores into the air.

  • Food

    Food Allergies include chocolate, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy, peanuts, and wheat and gluten allergies.

  • Insect Stings

    In a stinging insect allergy, the allergen is the venom from a sting.

  • Medications

    Allergies and adverse reactions to medications are common, and people can have a wide variety  of allergic symptoms.

  • Latex

    Latex is a milky sap produced by rubber trees.

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  • Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. The most common anaphylactic reactions are to food, insect stings, medications and latex.

  • Allergic contact dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a reaction that appears when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or an allergen.

  • Asthma

    Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.  

  • Rhinitis & Hay Fever

    Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is most often caused by pollen. Perennial allergic rhinitis is triggered by common indoor allergens.

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