If you have allergies, you know they can make you miserable. But are they a problem for life, or can you grow out of them?
Allergist/immunologist Lily Pien, MD, answers common questions about how allergies work, the importance of testing and what you need to know before choosing a doctor.
How do allergies work on your body?
Allergies are a common problem that researchers believe affect 50 million people in the United States. They happen when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance in your body.
Common triggers include pollen, dust mites, mold, animal dander, insect stings, drugs and food.
In some cases, your body sees the substance as a threat and makes immunoglobulin E…