Allergies are inappropriate or exaggerated reactions of the immune system that cause an overreaction to substances called “allergens.”  Allergies are grouped by the kind of trigger, time of year or where “hay fever,” “seasonal,” “perennial” or “nasal” symptoms appear on the body: indoor and outdoor allergies (also called allergies), food and drug allergies, latex allergies, insect allergies, skin allergies and eye allergies.  People who have allergies can live healthy and active lives.


Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease in which the airways become blocked or narrowed causing breathing difficulty.  It causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and chest tightness. Sometimes episodes of asthma are triggered by allergens, although infection, exercise, cold air and other factors are also important triggers. With proper management, people can live healthy and active lives.