An allergy is the immune system’s response to a foreign substance that is not typically harmful to your body. These foreign substances—such as certain foods, pollen, or pet dander—are called allergens. They elicit a response from your immune system.
Your immune system’s job is to keep you healthy by fighting infection and other harmful pathogens. It does this by attacking anything it fears could put your body in danger. This attack response, depending on the allergen, may involve inflammation, sneezing, and a host of other symptoms.
Normally, your immune system becomes acclimated to your environment. Your body encounters something like pet dander, realizes it’s harmless, and doesn’t attack. In people with allergies, the immune system confuses those harmless substances with outside invaders threatening the body.
Allergies are common, and there are several ways to treat them in order to avoid annoying and troublesome symptoms.
Our Physicians East Valley Family Medical can help determine the cause of your symptoms, as well as the difference between a sensitivity and a full-blown allergy. Our Physicians will also teach you how to manage your allergy symptoms.