Allergen: A substance the body sees as harmful. In response, an allergic reaction is triggered.
Allergist: A doctor who diagnoses and treats allergy-related conditions.
: A life-threatening Anaphylaxis
allergic reaction involving the entire body. It requires immediate medical attention.
: Drugs that block Antihistamines
histamine, a chemical the body releases during an allergic reaction. These meds ease symptoms like itching, sneezing, and a runny nose.
: A long-term inflammatory lung disease. Symptoms include breathing problems, fatigue, headaches, and cough ing. The triggers include allergens, an infection, exercise, cold air, or other things.
: See " Eczema."
: 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.
: An Contact dermatitis
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.
Medications that shrink swollen nasal membranes, relieving congestion and mucus and making it easier to breathe.
: 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.
: A drug used to immediately treat severe allergic reactions. Also known as adrenaline. Epinephrine
Epinephrine causes an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
: Redness, swelling, heat, and pain in a tissue. Such symptoms can be the result of an allergic reaction in the nose, Inflammation
lungs, or skin.
: Also known as Hay fever
allergic rhinitis. Hay fever is an inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose. The condition often stems from allergies to pollen, dust, certain foods, and other substances. Symptoms include sneezing, itching, a runny nose, and nasal congestion.
Histamine: A chemical released by the immune system after it's exposed to an allergen. It causes tissues to become swollen, inflamed, itchy, and red.
: An allergic reaction of the skin. Symptoms include itchy, swollen, red bumps that appear suddenly. Hives
Hives can show up anywhere, including on the lips, tongue, and ears. The condition is also known as urticaria.
: An allergy to the proteins in many rubber or latex products, including rubber gloves, tubing, and rubber bands, for example.
Nasal spray: Over-the-counter or prescription drugs that can treat and prevent nasal symptoms like congestion and a runny nose.
Breathing problems caused by potentially harmful substances found where you work, including fumes, dust, gases, and other irritants. This may also be caused by flour, known as "baker’s asthma."
: A main cause of many allergic reactions, Pollen
pollen is a fine, powdery substance released by trees, grasses, weeds, and flowering plants.
Rhinitis: See " Hay Fever."
. Hollow spaces within the bones around the nose, cheeks, and Sinuses
: Inflammation or an infection of the membranes lining the sinuses. Symptoms include pain and pressure with a runny or stuffy nose.
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