Allergy affects a lot of people in the UK. About 1 in 4 adults, 1 in 6 teenagers and 1 in 10 children are affect by allergy. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? But almost half of all people with allergy symptoms have not had a diagnosis from a doctor. And even fewer people know what allergen or allergens they react to. Some people might not even be aware that the symptoms they are experiencing are caused by an allergy. Let’s take a look at allergy and allergy testing.
What is allergy?
An allergic reaction takes place when your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as a threat and takes excessive defensive action. Substances that trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens.
Allergy may affect your family life, work performance, social activities and more. Allergy symptoms can affect your sleep, which can impact your energy levels during the day. And ultimately some allergies can even be life-threatening.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction
There are many types of allergies. The severity of symptoms for each type can vary, and you may experience your symptoms differently from other people with allergy. Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction might include:
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