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An allergy is a reaction that the body has to a particular food or substance.
Allergies are really common. They’re thought to affect more than one in four people in the UK at some point in their lives.
They’re most common in children. Some allergies go away as a child gets older, although many are lifelong. Adults can develop allergies to things they weren’t previously allergic to.
Having an allergy can be a nuisance and affect your everyday activities, but most allergic reactions are mild and can be largely kept under control. Severe reactions can occasionally occur, but these are uncommon.
Allergic reactions usually happen quickly within a few minutes of exposure to an allergen (trigger) which makes your body respond.
They can cause:
Most allergic reactions are mild, but occasionally a severe reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can occur. This is a medical emergency and needs urgent treatment.
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