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Have the Last Laugh on Allergies This Season: Actress Molly Shannon Teams with The Allergy Foundation to Talk About Allergies
Date:3/5/2008

rgy symptoms, how to avoid triggers, and how to best treat their symptoms.

"Molly's story shows people that they can manage their allergies, so that it doesn't disrupt their quality of life," says Mike Tringale, Director of External Affairs at AAFA. "With this new online Allergy Quiz, you can learn if your chronic sneezing, itching and runny eyes may be caused by allergies, so you can do something about it now and avoid major allergy problems this spring."

According to Danica Schulte, M.D., of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, parents with allergies often struggle to cope with their children's allergies on top of managing their own symptoms. "I see patients all the time who complain about upper respiratory allergy symptoms, and it becomes especially difficult when their children have allergies too," Dr. Schulte says. "The good news is that an effective new treatment is available now without a prescription at your local store. This will be a huge convenience for allergy sufferers and busy parents."

About Allergies

More than 35 million Americans suffer from indoor and outdoor allergic rhinitis, also known as upper respiratory allergies. Allergies are caused when a person's immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances. These substances are often referred to as triggers. People can encounter indoor and outdoor allergy triggers anytime throughout the year that can lead to allergy symptoms. Indoor allergies can occur year round and are triggered by substances such as mold, dust mites, and pet dander. These allergens are often inhaled through the nose and mouth, putting the allergens in contact with the immune cells in the lining of the nose, mouth, throat, and airways of the lungs causing an allergic response.

Similarly, outdoor allergies can occur when outdoor allergens such as pollen from grasses, weeds and trees are inhaled through the nose and mouth into the lungs causing an allergic response. Those who suffer f
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