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Encountering various allergens is inevitable. From everyday food items to environmental factors like pollen, our bodies can react unexpectedly, sometimes with alarming symptoms. 

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Recognizing the signs of an allergic reaction is crucial for prompt intervention and preventing potential complications. So, let's delve into the red flags, from skin reactions to severe anaphylaxis, to empower you with essential knowledge about allergic reactions.

What is an allergic reaction?

An allergic reaction occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to a substance it perceives as harmful, known as an allergen. This overreaction triggers the release of histamines and other chemicals, leading to a range of symptoms.

These reactions can range from mild, such as sneezing or itching, to severe and life-threatening, like anaphylaxis. 

Allergic reactions can affect different parts of the body, including the skin, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system.

What triggers an allergic reaction?

Allergens lurk in various forms; identifying them is the first step in managing allergies. Common triggers include:

  • Food: Peanuts, shellfish, dairy, and eggs are frequent culprits.
  • Airborne allergens: Pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold spores can induce allergic reactions.
  • Insect stings: Bee venom, wasp stings, and ant bites can provoke severe allergic responses.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as penicillin and aspirin, may trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.
  • Contact allergens: Certain substances that come into contact with the skin can cause allergic reactions, such as latex, nickel (found in jewelry), fragrances, cosmetics, and certain plants like poison ivy or poison oak.

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