Affected by Allergies?
About 50 million Americans are affected by allergies.
For most people, allergies mean itchy eyes and a
drippy nose. But for some, allergies cause a whole-body reaction that
can be life-threatening. An allergy results when the body’s immune
system has an abnormal reaction to a trigger (the allergen). The good
news is that most people can control their symptoms with a combination
of lifestyle changes and medications. Allergies are typically passed
down with the family genes and symptoms begin in childhood. Even though
the symptoms begin in childhood, they may not become serious enough to
be recognized as a disease until years later.