Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 New season, same allergy symptoms: What you should know this winter 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) – Winter is here, and along with cooler temperatures, you may be surprised to learn that many people experience a surge in certain types of allergies. More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from different types of allergies each year. In fact, they’re a leading cause of chronic illness in America. They’re caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to a normally harmless substance like pollen or pet dander. When someone with allergies to substances in the environment — pollen or dust mites, for example — comes into contact with an allergen, the body forms antibodies that trigger a chemical response, causing symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, or itchy, watery eyes. A person can be allergic to different types of allergens in the environment, including outdoor allergens like pollen from trees, grass and ragweed. These are known as seasonal allergens and they typically occur during certain times of the year., Indoor allergens can include dust mites, pet dander and molds and can cause symptoms year round., Both… Read full this story
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