Allergies are simply your immune system kicking into action and doing its job. In the case of allergies, however, your immune system “kicks in” on a substance that doesn’t bother most people. Antibodies protect people from harmful things, such as viruses. When a person makes antibodies for a substance that’s not actually harmful, it’s an allergy. Antibodies kick into action when a person touches, breaths, or eats this substance. This is called an allergen.
The severity and effects of allergies vary and differ depending on the sufferer. Minor irritations, such as a runny nose or itchy eyes, may be the extent of a reaction in some; others may enter anaphylaxis, which is potentially deadly. Allergies can’t be cured, but sometimes they pass, particularly with children as they grow older. Allergies can be treated, however, as can some of their symptoms.
This often depends on both the allergen and the system it typically affects, but can include:
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