Allergies Explained

Allergies Explained

Just what is an allergy anyway? It’s actually a malfunction of your immune system. That complex protective network of bacteria and virus-fighting antibodies sometimes gets so fired up, it tries to protect you from things in the everyday environment. The list of potential allergens – things that inadvertently trigger your immune system – is unfortunately fairly long. Most of us are allergic to something or other. But the big allergy culprits include pollen, dust mites, dander, mold, mildew, and even foods. We’ve all had a friend with a dairy allergy envy our enjoyment of an ice-cream cone. Bummer.

So, what’s the best way to handle an allergy? The simple solution is just staying away from anything that triggers a reaction. Too bad if you want to own a cat, take a walk through a spring meadow, or enjoy that ice-cream cone.

Fortunately, medical science has made some great advances in allergy relief. To learn the best way to begin fighting your allergies, nothing beats an old-fashioned visit to your doctor.