GMO Need To Know: Allergies, allergies, allergies

Words matter. Images matter. The Scientific Inquirer needs your support. Help us pay our contributors for their hard work. Visit our Patreon page and discover ways that you can make a difference. http://bit.ly/2jjiagi

Definition

An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing. Normally, your immune system fights germs. It is your body’s defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, it is responding to a false alarm. Genes and the environment probably both play a role.

Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. Allergies can range from minor to severe. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that can be life-threatening. Doctors use skin and blood tests to diagnose allergies. Treatments include medicines, allergy shots, and avoiding the substances that cause the reactions. (SOURCE: Medline Plus https://medlineplus.gov/allergy.html)

Example

Allergies to foods such as peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, etc. are very common and normally present themselves in the form of hives. Reactions to different chemicals or food colorings also appear as hives. Reactions to various types of pollen and dust also trigger allergic reactions, usually runny noses and watery eyes.

What does it look like?

Hives from allergies

Video

https://youtu.be/hmb066Vzdek

IMAGE SOURCE: Creative Commons

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: