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How do allergies affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Because there are so many different types of allergies, they can affect the body in a variety of ways that range from merely annoying to life-threatening. Most often, allergies affect the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Your skin may become red, itchy, or covered in a rash or hives, while your eyes may water or become bloodshot. Some allergies may cause a runny nose or sneezing, while others may close your airway and constrict breathing.

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