An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing. Substances that often cause reactions include pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, food, insect stings, medicines.
How do you get allergies? Scientists think both genes and the environment have something to do with it. Normally, your immune system fights germs. It is your body's defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, it is responding to a false alarm.
Allergies can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Symptoms vary. Although allergies can make you feel bad, they usually won't kill you. However, a severe reaction called anaphylaxis is life-threatening.
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- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- Includes fact sheets that you can print out on various topics related to allergies, asthma and immunology.
- American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- Check out this site for information on various allergies, interactive quizzes and finding an allergist.
- This site includes general information about common allergies and an allergy quiz and multimedia content such as photos and videos.
Allergies and Children
- Children and Allergies
- This link from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology website covers common symptoms, allergies at school, food allergies and more.
- Asthma and Allergies in Children
- This link takes you to the American Academy of Pediatrics website where you can search for information on common allergy triggers and ways to reduce them.
- Information About Food Allergens
- This link on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website offers the latest news on food allergies from the FDA.
- About Food Allergies
- Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is a group that promotes awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. This website has answers to many common questions.
- Allergies and Food Sensitivities
- This link from the Food and Nutrition Information Center offers articles, cookbooks and resources for both adults and children.
- Allergy Information, National Jewish Health
- Information about common allergies is available from a major medical center in Denver.
- Mayo Clinic Allergy Center
- This website offers a wealth of information, from basics about allergies to treatment options and living with allergies.
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- This website offers a broad range of information on food allergies. NIAID is one of the National Institutes of Health.
- Search for an Allergist or Immunologist, HealthInfosource.com
- Search this site to find an allergist or immunologist to help you with your allergy questions.
- Asthma, HealthInfoSource.com
- This health topic on HealthInfoSource.com offers a collection of links to more information about asthma.
- What's Today's Pollen Count?
- Visit this site and enter a ZIP code for a report on the pollen index in Fort Collins or other locations in the United States.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about allergies, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
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