Increasing knowledge of Allergy Awareness Week

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) May 14 through 18 is National Allergy Awareness Week.

Allergies occur when the body's immune system sees a substance as harmful and over reacts to it.

Some allergens include drugs, food, pets, then environmental factors including pollen and insects.

Seeing an allergist and being tested is the only way to 100 percent know what you are- or aren't allergic to. Based on test results specific treatment procedures can be followed.

What you are exposed to could directly relate to what you're allergic to.

"What they have found is in the first year of life the immune system is what we call naïve, it's still trying to figure out what it's going to react to,” said Allergist Dr. Richard Henry. “If it's getting exposed to a lot of these allergy things tends to not then go on to develop allergies later in life."

The immune system changes every five years. Moving to a new area may help you escape allergies for a time, but within a few years you're susceptible to developing allergies specific to that area.

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