What is an Allergy?
An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to an inappropriate stimulus, such as dust, pollen, grass, pet dander, mold, etc. The immune system believes it is being invaded by a parasite rather than a harmless allergen in the environment, and therefore it rallies its defenses to fight off the enemy.
The list of symptoms caused by allergies is longer than you might think. Primary signs of allergies include:
- Poisonous plants
- Soaps, detergents, shampoos, cosmetics, lotions and more
- Jewelry or fabrics
- Tools, toys, appliances or other objects
- Viral infections
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Parasite exposure
- Certain diseases
- Chronic skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
- Certain medicines
Mental problems such as confusion, slow thinking, depression, and forgetfulness.
Respiratory effects including endless colds, chronic cough, recurrent bronchitis.
There are many items in the environment that could cause your allergies. They fall into four general categories:
- Animal dander — from dogs, cats, and cockroaches
- Mold and mildew
- Dust mites
- Pollen – from trees, grass, and weeds
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