What are Allergies?

Allergy is an immune system disorder which is a form of hypersensitivity, triggered by everyday, environmental substances, known as allergens. Examples of allergens include pollens, dust mite, molds, danders, and foods.

What causes Allergies?

Allergies result when this immune system is hypersensitive, overreactive. When the system misidentifies harmless proteins as serious enemies and then reacts out of proportion to the threat, you get symptoms from this major bodily battle. Those symptoms may be mildly annoying or a major illness. Usually for your immune system to overreact like this you must have a genetic tendency for it.

How are Allergies treated?

Reducing contact with allergens is highly helpful. One way to do that is to increase cleaning efforts around the home. Another is to reduce airborne allergens by employing a home air purifier. Both methods do help. They are safe and effective. However, non-prescription antihistamines such as Benadryl and Claritin are well known and used safely by millions every day. Topical hydrocortisone cream such as Cortaid does provide relief to users. Prescription strength versions of these medications are available as well. Prednisone helps many live more comfortably.

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