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  What Are Allergies?

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Why Do You Get Allergies?
Scientists think that people inherit a tendency to have allergies from their parents. Exposure to allergens when your body’s defense is weakened, like after being sick, may also contribute to the development of allergies.

When you inhale, itty-bitty allergens enter your body through your nose, mouth and lungs and can trigger an allergic reaction.

How Do You Get Allergies?
Even though you may be born with a tendency for allergies, you’re not automatically going to have an allergic reaction. It may take several years to become sensitive to a specific allergen, such as pet dander.

You may become sensitive to an allergen when:

  • You inherit specific genes from your parents
  • You come in contact with one or more allergens that your genes tell your body to stay away from
  • You are around pesky allergens often

Where Are Allergens?
Allergens flourish both outdoors and indoors! Some of these include dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen.

The first step in putting a stop to your allergies is recognizing your symptoms:

  • Sneezing and stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes from sinus pressure
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes

But there are ways to help relieve your symptoms through prevention and treatment. You need an Allergy Action Plan to help keep all your activities on track.

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