Allergy Symptoms, Causes, and Remedies

    There’s very little worse than suffering from chronic allergies. Allergy symptoms include sneezing, running nose, red, puffy eyes, trouble breathing – sometimes to the point where your allergy feels like asthma. But what are the causes of allergies? And, more importantly, how can you avoid or minimize them? Ok, fair enough - let’s start with the basics. What exactly is an allergy? What causes an allergy?

    What is an Allergy?


    "Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages, usually accompanied by runny nose, sneezing and itching of both the nose and eyes."

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    An allergy is an abnormal reaction by a person's immune system against what would normally be considered a harmless substance. A person who is not allergic would have no adverse reaction such a substance, but when a person who is allergic finds themselves exposed to such a trigger, the body reacts by sending out chemicals known as histamines, which causes the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction.

    When speaking of such allergic reactions, we are frequently talking about allergic rhinitisAllergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages, usually accompanied by runny nose, sneezing and itching of both the nose and eyes.

    Another type of allergic reaction, and one that can be deadly in fact, is anaphylaxis. The symptom is often a dramatic swelling and closing of the airways. This is more typically associated with food or drug allergies, as well as from biting or stinging insects such as bees or wasps. Fortunately, this is not the common reaction we speak of here, but instead requires specialized medication and doctor care.

    As well, some clarification is in order. Simply because there is exposure to a substance and a subsequent reaction involving symptoms, does not necessarily mean that a person is suffering an allergic reaction to that substance. One such example can be found when taking medications which are known to have side effects. Thus, a person exhibiting such side effects is not necessarily allergic to that medication.

    Allergy Triggers - What Causes an Allergy?

    So, now let’s take a closer look at what cause common allergic reactions (rhinitis) in people. Here are a few of the most common causes of allergies:

    How to Avoid Allergy Triggers?

    The most important thing you can learn about allergies is what you can do to minimize exposure to allergy triggers. To do this you must pay special attention to the most important area of exposure - your bed.

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