What causes allergies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Particular ingredients or chemicals within your environment, the foods you eat, or the drugs you take can cause allergies. Normally, these substances are harmless. In some people, however, their immune system overreacts and mistakenly attacks these elements. This produces an allergic reaction.

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