March 7, 2003, Newsletter Issue #89: Spring Is On The Horizon - Can Allergies Be Far Behind

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Tip # 76398 - Intro to Allergies
There are things in our normal lives that can be the cause of allergies. One thing for sure, we will have a reaction to those that donīt agree with our systems. An allergic reaction occurs when a personīs immune system mistakes something harmless as harmful! The mistaken substance is known as an allergen. Allergens enter our body by one of these: breathing dust, pollen, etc; injection of drug or venom; topical contact to the skin; swallowing food or drug. With allergens present, our immune systems release natural histamines (and histamine-like substances) known as allergy mediators. The resulting circumstances being inflammation, hives, itchy eyes, runny nose, swelling...and worse. Be sure to read other tips for more information.


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