What are Allergies?
An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body to substances from the outside environment. These substances can be taken into the body through different methods: through the skin (insect bites, carpet, animal contact, etc.), by the mouth (food, beverages, or medications), or through the nose and lungs (pollens, house dust, animal dander). These substances trigger an allergic reaction and are referred to as allergens.
What are some common symptoms?
Allergies can contribute to asthma, rhinitis, eczema, hay fever and urticaria (hives). Symptoms include runny nose, or eyes, wheezing, nasal and/or chest congestion, sinus headaches, frequent colds, cough, itching, frequent ear infections, sneezing, sore throat, burning and itchy eyes. Asthma is a complex disease of the airways and allergic reaction is a major contributing factor.