Condition Monographs (Patient)
response, then these allergens get treated in a fashion similar to an attacking virus. Your body makes antibodies that result in abnormal symptoms - called “allergic response” - when you get exposed to these allergens. Allergens Allergens are substances that can trigger an allergic reaction in the body. Allergens can be found indoors or outdoors, and even in your food. Who Gets Allergic Rhinitis? Studies report that up to 42% of Americans suffer from symptoms of allergies by the age of 40. 1 Allergies caused by pollen and other allergens affect up to 1 in 7 Americans (nearly 40 million individuals) and costs more than $1 billion in annual treatment. Facts: Did You Know… For adults, allergic rhinitis is the 5th leading chronic disease and a major cause of work absenteeism, resulting in nearly 4 million missed or lost workdays each year. This results in a total cost of more than $700 million in total lost productivity for American businesses! Over 50% of homes have at least 6 potential allergens present. Women having symptoms of allergies before they get pregnant may have worsening, improvement, or no change in their symptoms during the pregnancy. Most women will notice some nasal congestion in the later stages of pregnancy, even if they did not have allergies before the pregnancy - this is called rhinitis of pregnancy, and is related to hormone levels. Rhinitis of pregnancy does not respond to medications and will generally go away after delivery. Before using any drug (prescription, over-the-counter or a dietary supplement), a pregnant woman should always review any medication or dietary supplement with their doctor. Dust mites thrive in temperatures above 75 degrees F. The cleanest kitchens can still have allergens present.
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