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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>

<p>Most allergies are caused by something in the air we breathe.</p> <p>Common allergy symptoms include:</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><span>Runny nose</span></li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li><span>Itchy throat</span></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><span>Congestion</span></li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li><span>Itchy nose</span></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><span>Sneezing</span></li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li><span>Itchy, watery eyes</span></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><span>Sinus pressure</span></li> </ul> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>If you are experiencing one or more symptoms, allergies may be the culprit.</p>
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<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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<p>Not all allergic reactions can be predicted<strong>.</strong><strong> Nearly half (47%) of Canadians</strong> will suffer from an unexpected allergic&nbsp;reaction every year*. </p> <p>Even people who know their allergies&nbsp;or those without a prior history of them can be affected by an unexpected allergic reaction.</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>