Clinical Trials Related to Allergies
Allergies are a variety of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. Allergies are your immune system making antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t to most of the population. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction causes inflammation.
Allergies are your body’s reaction to an otherwise harmless substance like pollen, mold, animal dander, latex, foods, or insect stings. Symptoms can range from a rash, itchiness, runny nose, watery or red eyes, to something life-threatening. Current treatments include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids, immunotherapy and currently approved FDA asthma medications.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing. Asthma symptoms may be triggered by allergens or other, non-allergic stimuli, such as respiratory tract infections, cold air, or tobacco smoke. If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.