Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States -- the poor souls who sniffle, sneeze, and get all clogged up when face to face with the allergen (or allergens) that set them off.
For many, allergies are seasonal and mild, requiring nothing more than getting extra tissue or taking a decongestant occasionally. For others, the allergy is to a known food, and as long as they avoid the food, no problem.
But for legions of others adults, allergies are so severe it interferes with...
Bronchitis: An inflammation of the lung's airways. Symptoms include a persistent cough and phlegm. The condition usually affects smokers and people who live in places with lots of pollution.
Contact dermatitis: An allergic reaction that happens after skin comes in contact with an allergen such as poison ivy, washing powders, perfumes, or other irritants.
Dander: Small pieces of skin shed by an animal, similar to human dandruff. Proteins in dander are major causes of pet allergies.
Decongestants: Medications that shrink swollen nasal membranes, relieving congestion and mucus and making it easier to breathe.
Eczema: Chronic inflammation that causes a skin rash. It may be a reaction to an allergen. Symptoms include itching, crusting, blisters, and scaling. Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that gets worse after you come in contact with an allergen.