Allergens and allergy symptoms

Breathing in pollen, dust mite debris, and animal dander, and the allergy symptoms they cause

Particles in the air (called allergens) can cause allergy symptoms such as sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy ears, nose, and throat.

Current as of: June 29, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rohit K Katial MD - Allergy and Immunology

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