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Tell me about Allergies!

Tell me about Allergies!

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when a person's body responds to environmental substances that a non-allergic body ignores, such as ragweed, tree pollen, dust mites or cat dander.  This abnormal allergic response can include sneezing, runny, itchy or stuffy nose, watery itchy eyes, itchy ears, throat or roof of mouth, chest tightness, cough, hoarseness or wheezing. 

How can I tell if I have allergies?

If you have the symptoms above, either constantly or in certain seasons or situations, you may have allergies.  The only way to tell for sure is allergy testing, but careful detective work on your part can give you an idea of whether you have allergies.  For example, if you sneeze and have watery eyes each time you visit a certain friend, who is the only one among your friends to have a cat, it suggests an allergy to cat dander.  Likewise, if you are miserable from mid-August through October each year, but fine the rest of the time, it suggests an allergy to ragweed or another fall-pollinating weed.

How do you test for allergies?

How can allergies be treated?

Sinus & allergy vocabulary

On this website we have links to specific companies that provide high quality allergy-care products and services.  We take no money, free samples or other 'perks' from any of these companies!