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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But doctors specializing in the treatment of food allergy and intolerance would disagree.
▪ At this time, the consensus is that food allergy is not a proven etiologic agent in migraine.
▪ They studied 27 patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome who believed themselves to have food allergy or intolerance.
▪ Prolonged exposure, even to small amounts of genetically-engineered microbes in the air, could cause allergies in workers.
▪ The two-year Hopkins study dealt with children who suffer year-round from moderate to severe asthma caused by allergies.
▪ In fact all the berries often cause allergies.
▪ Some of these additives cause allergies while others affect our mental agility.
▪ She gets shots for her allergies.
▪ Are there ideal cats for allergy sufferers?
▪ Hay fever is really an allergy to pollen and the peak time is early June.
▪ His allergies flared up for the first time in years.
▪ It is also planning to expand services at the Wimpole Street medical centre to include allergy and sexually-transmitted disease clinics.
▪ People with allergies and other respiratory and heart ailments may be more seriously affected.
▪ Too many people have undiagnosed nickel allergies, and gold is plated using cyanide so no gold, either.
▪ Up-to-date information on your child's routine: meals, bath, bedtime, any allergies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

allergy \allergy\ n. 1. hypersensitivity to a particular substance. ``an allergy to bee venom so severe that a second sting may be fatal'' [WordNet 1.5] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1911, from German Allergie, coined 1906 by Austrian pediatrician Clemens E. von Pirquet (1874-1929) from Greek allos "other, different, strange" (see alias (adv.)) + ergon "activity" (see organ).


n. 1 (context pathology immunology English) A disorder of the immune system causing adverse reactions to substances (allergens) not harmful to most and marked by the body's production of histamines and associated with atopy, anaphylaxis, and asthma. 2 (context pathology English) Any condition of hypersensitivity to a substance. 3 Altered susceptibility to a first treatment as exhibited in reaction to a subsequent one. 4 (context informal English) An antipathy, as toward a person or activity.


n. hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity [syn: allergic reaction]


Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling. Food intolerances and food poisoning are separate conditions.

Common allergens include pollen and certain food. Metals and other substances may also cause problems. Food, insect stings, and medications are common causes of severe reactions. Their development is due to both genetic and environmental factors. The underlying mechanism involves immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE), part of the body's immune system, binding to an allergen and then to a receptor on mast cells or basophils where it triggers the release of inflammatory chemicals such as histamine. Diagnosis is typically based on a person's medical history. Further testing of the skin or blood may be useful in certain cases. Positive tests, however, may not mean there is a significant allergy to the substance in question.

Early exposure to potential allergens may be protective. Treatments for allergies include avoiding known allergens and the use of medications such as steroids and antihistamines. In severe reactions injectable adrenaline (epinephrine) is recommended. Allergen immunotherapy, which gradually exposes people to larger and larger amounts of allergen, is useful for some types of allergies such as hay fever and reactions to insect bites. Its use in food allergies is unclear.

Allergies are common. In the developed world, about 20% of people are affected by allergic rhinitis, about 6% of people have at least one food allergy, and about 20% have atopic dermatitis at some point in time. Depending on the country about 1%-18% of people have asthma. Anaphylaxis occurs in between 0.05–2% of people. Rates of many allergic diseases appear to be increasing. The word "allergy" was first used by Clemens von Pirquet in 1906.

Allergy (journal)

Allergy is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering the field of allergy and immunology, that is published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. It is indexed in PubMed and publishes both original articles and reviews. The current editors-in-chief are Thomas Bieber and Hans-Uwe Simon.

Usage examples of "allergy".

There was always the fear of allergy to the local anesthetic, although developing allergy in the two hours since the first dose seemed a rather farfetched notion.

She had an allergy attack while I was gone that I knew nothing about until today.

So I spent the better part of Tuesday calling each on the phone, dropping by in person in the case of the nurse-practitioner, the allergy doctor, and our minister, to explain the situation and ask if I might give the GAL their names.

Though Kikit had gone since December without an allergy attack, the last one had left her skittish about eating anything other than what we had checked and she had checked, and even then she searched for things as she ate.

She was so proud of her good health, poor dear, never had an illness in her long life but the once and that was more an allergy than an illness.

She had cried so much in the weeks after Dusty died that she had feared that the allergy story would wear thin.

Wyrazik had not, until that time, known about his allergy to penicillin.

Since, with most patients, it was normal to use penicillin to treat pneumonia, it appeared that Townsend had either read the allergy warning in his file, or had remembered it-perhaps both.

One was a notation 130 about a penicillin allergy, which did not seem significant.

Damien would say, is closer to allergy, a morbid and sometimes violent reactivity to the semiotics of the marketplace.

Cayce, with her marketable allergy, has been brought over to do in person the thing that she does best.

An allergy to flags or eagles would have reduced her to shut-in status: a species of semiotic agoraphobia.

I contemplated food phobias, the more I became convinced that people who habitually avoid certifiably delicious foods are at least as troubled as people who avoid sex, or take no pleasure from it, except that the latter will probably seek psychiatric help, while food phobics rationalize their problem in the name of genetic inheritance, allergy, vegetarianism, matters of taste, nutrition, food safety, obesity, or a sensitive nature.

Planting new male mulberry trees is prohibited by law because their pollen is a powerful allergen, and Tucson gains profit and riches as a refuge for allergy sufferers and hypochondriacs.

She went back into the bathroom, took her allergy medicine, then grabbed her keys, stuffed them into her pocket, and opened the door.