When we think of allergies, thoughts of sniffling, sneezing and feeling run-down come to mind. But what exactly is happening inside our bodies that causes us to experience these symptoms? By definition, an allergy is a reaction our immune system has when it comes in contact with exposure to a foreign substance, or allergen. Some of the most common allergens include pollen, dust mites and mold. Allergic reactions don’t happen to everybody. Doctors and scientists still aren’t sure what exactly it is that causes a person to have allergies. However there are a few ideas of what can lead to the development of allergies:
- Heredity - It’s been found that allergies are often passed down from parents to children. The chances someone will have an allergy increase 50 percent when one parent is allergic and 75-80 percent when both parents have allergies. However, not everyone with allergies have allergic parents or have children with allergies.
- Environment - Another way allergies may develop is based on whether or not a person is exposed to certain allergens. If it’s the case that you are never normally exposed to an allergen, but then go to a place where that allergen is present in abundance, it’s much more likely your immune system will have a reaction to it. But if you’re constantly exposed to a certain allergen, it’s thought that the body develops a tolerance to it.
There are many other in-depth mysteries associated with allergies; for example, why do some people develop allergies later in life, or why do some children have allergies that go away as they age? Doctors and scientists are working to find the answers to these questions. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, it’s important to avoid allergens in order to keep symptoms at a minimum. Using protective bedding such as mattress and pillow protectors help keep allergens from settling into your bed. This will help prevent symptoms from developing while you sleep, one of your most vulnerable times for breathing in allergens. At AllerEase, we want to help you and your family breathe easy and remain allergy-free all year round. Our products are developed to have lasting protection benefits and are backed by the Good Housekeeping quality seal. Click to learn more about our products and how they protect your bed and your family from allergens.