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What are common allergy triggers?

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Allergy symptoms happen when your immune system overreacts to something that doesn’t bother most other people. Some common allergy triggers include:

  • Air pollution
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust mites. These are tiny bugs that live in pillows, carpets, mattresses, and upholstery.
  • Exercise. Physical activity can give you hives and swelling in your hands, face, or tongue.
  • Indoor molds. They thrive on moisture, such as dampness and humidity.
  • Latex
  • Outdoor mold and pollens. These ebb and flow with the seasons, which can catch you off guard.
  • Pets. You can be allergic to your pet’s skin, saliva, or urine.

From: Become an Allergy Detective WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Food Allergy Research and Education: “About Anaphylaxis,” “Symptoms.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Allergy Symptoms,” “Anaphylaxis,” “My Nasal Allergy Journal,” “Skin Allergies: Hives.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter: “Allergy Basics.” 

CDC: “Latex Allergies.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Allergy: Tests and Diagnosis.”

Allergy UK: “Food and Symptoms Diary.”

University of Michigan Health System, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

American Family Physician : “Hives and Exercise -- What It Means and What to Do,” “Things That Can Cause Asthma and Allergies.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “How Can I Contact AAFA?” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 01, 2017

SOURCES:

Food Allergy Research and Education: “About Anaphylaxis,” “Symptoms.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Allergy Symptoms,” “Anaphylaxis,” “My Nasal Allergy Journal,” “Skin Allergies: Hives.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter: “Allergy Basics.” 

CDC: “Latex Allergies.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Allergy: Tests and Diagnosis.”

Allergy UK: “Food and Symptoms Diary.”

University of Michigan Health System, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

American Family Physician : “Hives and Exercise -- What It Means and What to Do,” “Things That Can Cause Asthma and Allergies.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “How Can I Contact AAFA?” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 01, 2017

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