What are Allergies?

6 Things to Know About Allergies

Allison Tsai Jan 9th, 2014 (updated Apr 21st, 2014)
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Your odds of dying from a food allergy are extremely low
Your odds of dying from a food allergy are extremely low

According to researchers from the Imperial College London, any person with a food allergy has a 1.81 in a million chance of dying from anaphylaxis during one year, while the risk of being murdered in that same time is 11 in a million.  That should help put the risk of anaphylaxis in perspective.

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Eating peanuts in pregnancy lowers the baby's allergy risk
Eating peanuts in pregnancy lowers the baby's allergy risk

For women who do not have a peanut or tree nut allergy, eating more peanuts or tree nuts during pregnancy actually reduces their child’s risk of developing food allergies. Researchers also note that women should not restrict their diets during pregnancy if they don't have food allergies.

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Having a dog protects against allergies
Having a dog protects against allergies

A study in mice found that when the creatures were exposed to dust from houses with dogs, the microbes in their gut were “reshaped.” And that decreased their immune reaction to common allergens.

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Allergies exacerbate migraines
Allergies exacerbate migraines

People with allergies and migraines have a more severe form of the disorder than people who only have migraines, according to new research. In addition, those with allergies were found to get migraines more frequently.

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Allergies linked to blood cancers
Allergies linked to blood cancers

A recent study found a link between plant, grass and tree allergies and an increased risk for blood cancers in women. The same association, however, was not found in men, which means there could be a gender-specific role of the immune system linked to these types of cancers.

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Flu vaccine may be bad for people with gelatin allergy
Flu vaccine may be bad for people with gelatin allergy

People who are allergic to gelatin may have a mild to severe reaction to flu vaccine. Gelatin is used in the flu shot as a stabilizer, in both the shot and nasal spray. Experts suggest having a board-certified allergist administer the vaccine to those with gelatin allergies.