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Are allergies the same as autoimmune disorders?

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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