What are common allergens?

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Common allergens include bee or insect venom, antibiotics, pollen, animal dander, sulfa and foods such as nuts, peanuts, shellfish, strawberries and coconut oils. 
Allergies occur when your body has an exaggerated response to a harmless substance, known as an allergen. Common allergens include pollen, pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches, mold spores, certain foods (including eggs, milk, peanut, soy, wheat, shellfish, and tree nut), latex rubber, poison ivy, and insect stings.

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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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