Myths and facts about allergies

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Allergies are the major cause of illness and are more often on Spring. As there is no cure for allergies, so the main concern is to reduce and alleviate allergic symptoms. But what is the truth about allergies.

Allergies are rare.

False. According to evidence, 1 in 4 adults and children suffer from an allergy. Among the most common allergies are allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), allergic asthma and food allergies.

Allergies can be life-threatening?

Truth. If an allergy in untreated or misdiagnosed then may be life-threatening for a person’s life. Until the apprearance of first symptoms, most of the allergies are not known. Because of this, parents should be very careful with their children especially if they notice any allergic symptom.

Food allergies are the same with the food intolerance?

False. Although they share some common points, they are two completely different situations. An allergy is the localized or generalized body reaction against a relatively harmless substance (allergen) and is related to hyperactivity or malfunction of the immune system. Food intolerance is due to the lack of certain enzymes, resulting body not to metabolize properly some substances thus cause some unpleasant symptoms.

Allergies can be triggered by any substance.

Truth. Allergies can be triggered by any substance, without necessarily to proexist any sensitivity or family history to allergies. Allergens may relate to environmental substances or food components. The most common food allergens are eggs, nuts, shellfish, cereals, dairy, strawberries, tomatoes and honey.

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