Are allergies the same as autoimmune disorders?

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Common allergies result when your immune system overreacts to a harmless substance, but they are not to be confused with an autoimmune disorder.

An autoimmune disorder is a separate condition in which a person's immune system starts attacking the body's tissues. An example would be rheumatoid arthritis.

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About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...

milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing.

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