What Allergies and Asthma are
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An allergy is when your immune system reacts to something as if it would do your body harm. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs.

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Mona Khanna: An allergy is when your immune system reacts to something as if it would do your body harm. Common allergens include pollens, foods, mold, dust, feathers, pet dander, insect stings, and certain medications. These can be triggers. Allergies can cause symptoms such as a runny nose or nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling and even Asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs. With asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed. Your airways may react to allergens or other irritants. When they do, the airways get narrower and you get less air. Asthma causes symptoms such as wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest and early morning or nighttime coughing. You can control Asthma by taking your medicine and avoid triggers. Learn more about Asthma here or share your story or experience with ICYOU.