What are allergies? Find articles and information here that answer this question as well as the causes of allergies, treating allergies and what common allergy symptoms and risk factors are.

What are allergies?

Allergic persons form antibodies against substances that are harmless to most individuals, such as certain types of food and pollen. These substances are called antigens or allergens.

Diagnosing allergies

In the case of a mild allergy, tests may not be necessary to identify the allergy. However, certain laboratory tests are suggested when the allergy is severe.

Treating allergies

There is no cure for allergies. The best way to control or treat any allergy is to avoid the triggering substance.

Causes of allergies

The repeated exposure to an allergen may trigger the immune system to form the antibodies that cause the allergic reaction to the specific allergen.

Preventing allergies

Did you know that pollen levels are at their highest levels between 5 am and 10 am? Here's a practical guide to things you can do to protect yourself from allergens indoors and outdoors.

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