Allergies develop when your body reacts to a foreign substance called an allergen. These allergens can be something you breathe, touch, or taste. You could have symptoms like itchy or watery eyes, a scratchy or itchy throat, or a runny or stuffy nose. With a more severe allergic reaction, you could have hives, rashes, trouble breathing, or even death. There are over the counter medications, home remedies, and natural products that could help ease allergy symptoms. Use what works best for you and your family. Those with severe allergies may carry a dose of injectable epinephrine with them in case of an emergency.

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Common allergens include:

  • Trees, grasses, pollen
  • Pets such as cats and dogs
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Bee stings or insect bites
  • Medications
  • Latex
  • Poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac
  • Foods and beverages such as milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, fish and shellfish

Did you know:

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) says allergies may affect 50 million people in the U.S. and asthma may affect 24.5 million people.

The Center for Disease Control says 1 in 13 people (adults and children) have asthma


When allergens get into your airways they can cause your lungs to swell and make it harder to breathe. While scary at times, this condition is actually very common and can sometimes be treated with medications that help open your airways so you can breathe better.

Asthma symptoms include:

While most people can live normal lives with allergies or asthma, an estimated 10 Americans die each day from asthma attacks. So, if you have trouble breathing get emergency medical treatment right away at Surepoint Emergency Center.  

Visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website to learn more about asthma and allergies.

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