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Allergies are your body’s reaction to a substance it views as a harmful ‘invader.’ For example, coming into contact with what is normally a harmless substance, such as pollen, might cause your immune system (your body’s defense system) to react. Substances that cause these reactions are called allergens.
There are many types of allergies. Some allergies are seasonal and others are year-round. Some allergies may be life-long. An ‘allergic reaction’ is the way your body responds to the allergen.
If you are prone to allergies, the first time you’re exposed to a specific allergen (such as pollen), your body responds by producing allergic (IgE) antibodies. The job of these antibodies is to find the allergens and help remove them from your system. As a result, a chemical called histamine is released and causes symptoms of allergies. (Cleveland Clinic)
An allergy management plan is key to preventing allergic reactions. It is also necessary to control your allergies. Work with your doctor or other credentialed healthcare Practitioner to create your allergy management plan.
Managing your allergies and preventing allergic reactions depends on your type of allergy. Here are some ways to manage your allergies:
It is crucial to recognize that you are having an allergic reaction and to respond quickly and properly. If the reaction is progressing and getting severe, call 911/999/112/919 (whichever is the emergency code of your country) immediately. Do not try to take yourself or a family member or friend to the hospital. You might have to stop and render aid on the way. It is always best to stay where you are and have an ambulance transport you.
(Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA))
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