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What is Allergies?

What is Allergies?

Allergies are caused by an over-reaction of the immune system to a particular substance or allergen. Allergies, also called ...more »

  • Allergies: Immune system over-reaction to various substances.

Allergies: Introduction

Types of Allergies:

Types of Allergies:

Broader types of Allergies:

How many people get Allergies?

Prevalance of Allergies: 50-60 million (NIAID); 9-16% (NIAID); 50 million cases annually (NIAID); 10% of American women (NHWIC); 8,526,000 children respiratory allergies (NHIS-97); 7,304,000 children non-respiratory allergies (NHIS-97)
Prevalance Rate of Allergies: approx 1 in 5 or 18.38% or 50 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Allergies: Two estimates of allergy prevalence in the United States are 9 percent[2] and 16 percent.[3] The prevalence of allergic rhinitis has increased substantially over the past 15 years.[4] (Source: excerpt from Allergy Statistics: NIAID) ... Overall, allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans. (Source: excerpt from Something in the Air Airborne Allergens: NIAID)

How serious is Allergies?

Complications of Allergies: see complications of Allergies

What causes Allergies?

Causes of Allergies: see causes of Allergies
Risk factors for Allergies: see risk factors for Allergies

What are the symptoms of Allergies?

Symptoms of Allergies: see symptoms of Allergies

Complications of Allergies: see complications of Allergies

Can anyone else get Allergies?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Allergies

Allergies: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Allergies.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Allergies.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Allergies: General Practitioner, ENT surgeon, Immunologist, Allergist, Pharmacologist, Food allergy specialist, Anaesthetist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Allergies.
Treatments for Allergies: see treatments for Allergies
Alternative treatments for Allergies: see alternative treatments for Allergies
Prevention of Allergies: see prevention of Allergies
Research for Allergies: see research for Allergies

Society issues for Allergies

Costs of Allergies: $18 billion annually (NIAID)
Costs of Allergies: Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the health care system $18 billion annually.[1] (Source: excerpt from Allergy Statistics: NIAID)

Organs Affected by Allergies:

Organs and body systems related to Allergies include:

Name and Aliases of Allergies

Main name of condition: Allergies

Other names or spellings for Allergies:


Allergies: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Allergies:


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