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T T h e a l l e r g y s e a s o n p l a g u e s m a n y s u f f e r e r s w i t h t h e a l l t o o f a m i l i a r s y m p t o m s r e d e y e s , r u n n y n o s e , p o s t n a s a l d r i p , s n e e z i n g a n d i t c h y t h r o a t c o m p l i c a t i n g t h e i r d a i l y l i v e s . A l l e r g i e s a r e r e s p o n s e s , w h i c h t h e b o d y s i m m u n e s y s t e m h a s t o f o r e i g n s u b s t a n c e s i n t h e a i r . T h e b o d y a c t s o u t o f s e l f - d e f e n s e , b u t t h e a n a l l e r g e n , s u c h a s p o l l e misguided allergic responses to harmless substances do damage. n , i s i n t h e A l l e r g i e s B y B e t t y T r y o n air, then the nose and respiratory system will respond. Ingestion of an allergen, such as peanuts, fish and wheat, will cause a reaction in the digestive system. Some people are very sensitive to the scent of household cleaners or even perfumes. Sometimes the allergic reaction will be systemic, resulting in hives, or in anaphylaxis, an extreme reaction which can be life threatening.

Consider some of the substances that can trigger an allergic response: dander, dust mites, some food items and pollen. These substances are called allergens. The initial allergic response usually manifests itself at the first place the allergen touches the body. If

Avoiding the trigger or allergen provides the best cure for allergies. In order to do that, determining which allergen is causing the problem calls for an accurate assessment of many factors. Your physician can make a clinical diagnosis from your physical

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