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When you have allergies, your body overreacts to things that don’t bother most people. Your immune system mistakes the harmless substances for dangerous invaders and releases chemicals to fight them. This causes your symptoms.

You may be more likely to have allergies if they run in your family. Asthma, hay fever, and eczema often occur together. If you have one of these conditions, you’re more likely to have the others.

Your environment also plays a role. If you live in an industrialized country, you’re more likely to have allergies than if you live in a developing country. This may be because people in industrialized countries are exposed to more allergens, such as pollutants and chemicals.

You’re also more likely to have allergies if you’re exposed to them at an early age. If you have allergies, your symptoms may get worse when you’re around the things you’re allergic to (allergens). Allergens can be found in the air, dust, food, and insects.

Your symptoms may also vary depending on the time of year. For example, if you’re allergic to pollen, you may have more symptoms in the spring when pollen counts are high.

Symptoms

Allergies can cause a wide range of symptoms. They may be mild, moderate, or severe. They can also come and go.

Mild symptoms may include:

Sneezing

A runny nose

Red, itchy eyes

Itchy throat or nose

Moderate symptoms may include:

Frequent sneezing

A runny nose

Coughing

Wheezing

Shortness of breath

Difficulty sleeping

Fatigue (tiredness)

Severe symptoms may include:

Severe wheezing or difficulty breathing

Swelling in the face, throat, or tongue

Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting

Pale or blue skin

Hives (red, itchy bumps on the skin)

Anaphylaxis (a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction)

If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency.