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Indoor allergy

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Introduction
An allergy is an adverse reaction that the body has to a particular food or substance in the environment.
Symptoms of allergies
Allergic reactions do not happen the first time you come into contact with an allergen, but at a later point of contact. Symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and shortness of breath.
Causes of allergies
An allergy develops when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen as though it is harmful, like it would an infection. It produces a type of antibody
Diagnosing an allergy
If you think you have an allergy, tell your GP about the symptoms you are having, when they happen, how often they occur and if anything seems to trigger them.
Treating allergies
Wherever possible, the most effective way of managing an allergy is to avoid all contact with the allergen causing the reaction.
Preventing allergies
The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it. Here is some advice on how to do so, including keeping doors and windows shut and not allowing pets in your bedroom.
'Be vigilant in restaurants and other social functions'
Sheila Coovrey, aged 69 from Bedfordshire, has lived with a fish allergy for most of her life.“Every time I had fish as a young child, I would always vomit.
'I felt like I had a permanent cold'
Melissa Murphy, 29 from Bedfordshire, discovered she had perennial allergic rhinitis nine years ago.
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