are allergies and what causes allergies?
your body comes in contact with certain substances, or allergens, your
immune system may overreact and cause you to have a reaction, like
sneezing or itchy eyes, nose and throat. Allergens include dust
pet dander, mold
spores and pollen.
and where do allergies strike?
allergies can affect you anytime, anywhere. More information is available
on seasonal allergies and indoor/outdoor
can you do to alleviate allergy symptoms?
can do many things to prevent and treat your allergy symptoms. For
some tips see the prevention and treatment sections.
are your treatment options?
can visit your grocery stores, pharmacies or retail store to find over-the-counter allergy medication including new non-drowsy, 24-hour formulas that
were previously available only by prescription. If you don’t
get relief, talk to your health care provider about prescription options.
do you know if you have allergies or a cold?
it is difficult to distinguish allergy and cold symptoms because they
can be similar. If you have symptoms for longer than a week, you may
be experiencing allergies, not the common cold. If you have a fever
or muscle aches, you probably have a common cold or flu, not allergies.
Visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's
site, www.aafa.org, for
more information on allergies.