If you think you have an allergy, tell your GP about the symptoms you're having, when they happen, how often they occur and if anything seems to trigger them.


An allergy is a reaction your body has to a particular food or substance. Allergies are particularly common in children, but adults can get them too.


Allergy symptoms include sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes. A life-threatening allergic reaction can also cause swelling and breathing difficulties.


If you have an allergy, try to avoid the thing you're allergic to if you can. Medicines like antihistamines can help ease symptoms if you need them.


Allergies are caused by your immune system mistaking a harmless substance for something harmful. Common triggers include pollen, food and animals.

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