Ten fun facts about Allergies

Fact 1
Some people have a sun allergy. It's a reaction to the sunlight that can turn into an itchy rash, headache or nausea, but can be more severe with bleeding under the skin.

Fact 2
It's not actually pet hair that is an allergen. It is the particles trapped in the hair such as dead skin, saliva and urine.

Fact 3
One of the most common causes of fatal anaphylaxis is a penicillin allergy.

Fact 4
In 2014, the most challenging place to live with allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America was Louisville, Kentucky.

Fact 5
Since allergies have a genetic component, if one parent has allergies a child has a 1 in 3 chance of having them. If both parents have allergies, children have a 7 in 10 chance of having them.

Fact 6
At least 55% of the U.S. population tests positive to one or more allergens.

Fact 7
A Viennese pediatrician coined the name allergy from the Ancient Greek words 'allos' meaning other and 'eron' meaning work.

Fact 8
Allergies and asthma can strike 1 out of 5 Americans. More than 60 million people have asthma or allergies, beating out diabetes which only affects 26 million.

Fact 9
As of 2003, allergies have accounted for more than 17 million doctor visits and half of them are because of seasonal allergies.

Fact 10
The two general categories for allergy risk factors are host and environmental. Host includes sex, race and heredity while environmental can be exposure to infectious diseases, pollution and dietary changes.

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Short about Allergies
A hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system.

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