What You Need to Know About Allergies

Treatment Options

Combined with a number of strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment medications can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Allergy shots are another form of treatment for allergies.
(Click Allergy Treatment to learn more about treating allergies. Click Preventing Allergies to learn more about reducing your contact with specific allergens.)

Allergies Versus Chemical Sensitivity

Some people have allergy-like reactions to the chemicals found in a wide variety of synthetic and natural substances. These substances can include things like:
  • Paints
  • Carpeting
  • Plastics
  • Perfumes
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Plants.
Although a person's symptoms may resemble those of allergies, sensitivity to chemicals does not represent a true allergic reaction involving IgE and the release of histamine or other chemicals. Rather than a reaction to an allergen, the person is experiencing a reaction to a chemical irritant. People with allergies may have a greater sensitivity to chemicals than those without allergies.
(Click Multiple Chemical Sensitivity for more information on the difference between chemical sensitivity and allergies.)
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