What are everyday allergies?

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Allergies 101

<p>If you suffer from allergies, you have an immune system that overreacts to allergens, such as pollen and mold, which are normally harmless substances. In order to rid your body of these substances, your immune system releases chemicals like histamine to drive allergens out of your system.</p> <p>Your nose, eyes and mouth become escape routes for the allergens, creating inflammation and irritation as they exit your body.</p>

Cold vs Allergies ​

<p>When you're experiencing symptoms such as sneezing or itchy, watery eyes, it can be frustrating if you're not certain whether you have a cold or an allergy. Knowing the difference helps you figure out the best way to treat your symptoms. It may be confusing right now but read more to learn!</p>
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Allergy Causes

<p>Common allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander are everywhere. While there is no way to completely eliminate allergens, knowing which ones affect you will help reduce your exposure.</p> <p>Allergies tend to fall into two categories: seasonal and year-round. To figure out when you will need relief most, consult our <a href="everyday-allergies/seasonal-vs-year-round"><strong>seasonal vs. year-round allergy guide</strong></a>.</p>

What is an allergic reaction?

<p>An allergic reaction is an overreaction of your immune system to allergens, which releases chemicals such as histamines into your system. The release creates symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing or itchy skin as allergens are driven from your body.</p> <p>Allergic reactions can happen anywhere, anytime. </p> <p>In severe cases, histamines can cause anaphylaxis, a reaction that may cause dizziness, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a swollen throat or tongue or severe anxiety. If any of these symptoms occur, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.</p>
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Who gets unexpected allergic symptoms?

<p>Not all allergic reactions can be predicted. <strong>Nearly half (47%) of Canadians</strong> will suffer from an unexpected allergic symptom every year*. </p> <p>Even people who know their allergies or those without a prior history of them can be affected by unexpected allergy symptoms.</p> <p class="taco-small-font">*Base – Nationally representative sample (620 respondents).</p> <p class="taco-small-font">Source: Statistic Canada 2017 Population [Total Population=40.6m, 18+ =33 m]</p>

Living With Allergies

<p>Allergies can disrupt your daily life in many ways. You may find yourself constantly sneezing, itching, and dealing with unexpected symptoms. This can make your everyday frustrating and uncomfortable, especially if you suffer from long term seasonal or year-round allergies. Read more to learn management tips and more!</p>
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Allergies 101: What are Allergies?

<p>Allergies are the ultimate example of good intentions gone wrong. While they aim to fight invaders to keep you safe, they occasionally cause uncomfortable reactions that disrupt your way of life. Read more to learn how allergies occur and other common questions!</p>

What is a Pollen Allergy and What are the Symptoms?

<p>Now that it's late summer, the warmer weather may bring about pollen season. And for some people who suffer from allergies, this means gearing up for a summer of sneezing and dealing with itchy, watery eyes. But what exactly is pollen allergy and what are some of the common symptoms? Let’s find out!</p>
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Tips to Manage and Prevent Itchy Skin Allergies

<p>Itchy skin can be extremely frustrating, regardless of the cause. Although it may feel better temporarily when you scratch an itch, continuous scratching will only make the situation worse. To manage your itchy skin, you need to understand the cause of the itch and find an appropriate remedy. Read more! </p>

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