Peanut Allergy – Causes

Peanut allergy occurs when your immune system mistakenly identifies peanut proteins as something harmful. Direct or indirect contact with peanuts causes your immune system to release symptom-causing chemicals into your bloodstream. Exposure to peanuts can occur in various ways: Direct contact. The most common cause of peanut allergy is eating peanuts or peanut-containing foods. Sometimes […]

Dust Mite Allergen: An Indoor Problem – Part 1

Introduction Dust mites are microscopic creatures that are not visible to the naked eye. Female dust mites are generally between 200 to 500┬Ám in size, with males being smaller. They prefer warm, moist surroundings close to sources of food. Since one of their food sources is human skin scales, they are most prevalent in high-use […]

Allergy: Disease & Symptoms – Part 2

Symptoms of Allergic Disease A variety of symptoms can result from IgE-mediated hypersensitivity and resultant exposure to histamine and other mediators. The most common are allergic rhinitis and allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, or essentially, runny itchy noses and eyes. Symptoms include: sneezing, itching nose, eyes, ears and palate, rhinorrhea (runny nose), postnasal drip, congestion, the inability to […]