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What's the difference between an allergy and an allergen?

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The allergen is the thing you’re allergic to. With an allergy, you may sneeze, cough, wheeze, itch, or have a skin rash.

From: 9 FAQs About Allergy Relief WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy and Asthma Medication Guide."

Medline Plus: "Mometasone Nasal Inhalation."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergy Testing for Children."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 06, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy and Asthma Medication Guide."

Medline Plus: "Mometasone Nasal Inhalation."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergy Testing for Children."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 06, 2018

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