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Allergies In Young people Allergies can be seen as an nonstandard reaction by a body to something that is harmless. Basically, it is a mistake. The body's immune system has mis-identified a substance as an enemy, whereas it is really friendly or at least neutral. This is not the fault of that substance. The substance that results in the allergy is known as an allergen. Not everybody who has an allergy has an allergy to the same allergen, because not everyone's body makes the same mistakes. Potentially anything could become an allergen to somebody and almost certainly is. My uncle is allergic to cotton wool but not to cotton. However, the most prevalent allergens are dust, pollen, pet hairs, medicine, make-up and washing powder. It appears that when the body encounters something that it distrusts, it produces certain chemicals to protect itself. One of these is histamine, which can have an adverse impact on the respiratory system, the digestive system and or the skin. The body then 'remembers' that this defence worked because the substance did not win the battle and so reacts in the same way every time it encounters the substance in the future. An allergy is born, even though the substance was not a danger in the first place. Not everybody who is allergic to the same substance reacts in the same manner. If you have two people who are allergic to dust, one may get a runny nose whereas the other might suffer something similar to an asthma attack. Most allergens cause quite mild reactions, but some can kill. Bee stings and peanuts may kill those who are allergic to them. Because allergies are a function of the immune system, adolescents are more affected than older people. This is because the immune system of younger people 'still has much to learn'. Many allergies wear off as the body becomes more 'educated'. However, some allergens produce worrying reactions in young people like asthma and eczema. One of the most common allergies is caused by dust and dust mites. A lot of house dust is the dead skin of insects, mites and us humans. This dead skin can be microscopic to fairly 'large', but cause trouble with some people when they are breathed in. Dust mites also live in each bed, eating our dead skin. The larger ones are just about visible by most people at 0.4 mm in length. However, baby dust mites (nymphs) are naturally much smaller. People are not usually allergic to the dust mites themselves but to their faeces and the stomach enzymes that are still present in those faeces. An allergenic mattress cover and pillow covers may help here.

Why some bodies mistake friendly to neutral substances as enemies is not fully understood, but the two most common theories are heredity and over-hygiene. There is a lot of evidence to show that allergies run in families. it is also thought that if a child grows up in a spotlessly clean environment, it is not being steadily exposed to substances that other people get used to. This is because we clean our houses, schools and offices too well. Owen Jones, the writer of this article writes on quite a few topics, but is currently concerned with allergenic mattress covers. If you want to know more, go over to our web site at Bed Infestation.

Allergies In Young people  

Allergies may be seen as an nonstandard reaction by a body to a substance that is harmless. In essence, it is a mistake. The body's immune s...

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