Allergies

Allergies solutions from The Devon Clinic

Allergy is the word used to describe an adverse (bad) reaction that the body has to a particular substance in the environment. Most substances that cause allergies are not harmful and have no effect on people who are not allergic.

Effective Allergies treatments from The Devon Clinic:

Allergy Testing

The Devon Clinic CIC is pleased to offer Allergies treatments from the following local practitioner(s):

Michael Potter at New Devon Clinic

Michael Potter

Devon Allergy Clinic at New Devon Clinic

Devon Allergy Clinic

More About Allergies

Any substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Some of the most common allergens include pollen, house dust mites, mold and pets. Less common allergens include nuts, fruit, and latex.

An allergy develops when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen as though it is a threat, like an infection. It produces antibodies to fight off the allergen, in a reaction called the immune response.

The next time a person comes into contact with the allergen, the body “remembers” the previous exposure and produces more of the antibodies. This causes the release of chemicals in the body that lead to an allergic reaction.

Common allergic disorders include asthma, eczema and hay fever. Symptoms can include sneezing, wheezing, coughing and skin rashes.

The symptoms depend on how you came into contact with the allergen. For example, you may experience problems with your airways if you breathe in pollen.

Allergies are very common. According to the British Allergy Foundation, one in three people in the UK suffer from an allergy at some time in their lives. The numbers are increasing every year and as many as half of those affected are children.

The reason for the rise is unclear. Some experts believe it is associated with pollution. Another theory is that allergies are caused by living in a cleaner, germ-free environment, which reduces the number of germs our immune system has to deal with. This causes it to overreact when it comes into contact with harmless substances.

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