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Dr. Edan Sarid:

Many people can have adverse reactions to a variety of triggers – including foods, airborne irritants, topical products or medications. But how do you know if you are truly allergic or just ‘sensitive’ to the irritant? An allergy is an immune-mediated reaction cause by Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies recognizing foreign proteins that trigger the release of chemical called histamine. Histamine can cause swelling, redness, itching, upset stomach and a variety of other symptoms. Alternatively, a sensitivity can be the onset of any adverse symptoms without direct involvement of the immune system. An Allergist/Immunologist can help to differentiate with testing an possibly curative treatment!