Allergens, also called antigens, are substances that can trigger an allergic reaction. Having allergies means that the body reacts to allergens as a harmful foreign substance.
Allergens may be:
Allergy symptoms may be controlled by avoiding exposure to allergens. Medicines and immunotherapy may help relieve symptoms or reduce the body's reactions to certain allergens.
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofMay 13, 2014
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