Why do people get allergies?

Published On: Aug 01 2012 02:17:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2012 01:14:49 PM CDT

People are said to have allergies when their bodies have a negative reaction to a foreign substance.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, antibodies protect us from unwanted bacteria that could cause infection. When a person has allergies, their antibodies are reacting to a substance that it thinks is harmful, even when it isn’t.

 

Some common allergens are foods (like peanuts, shellfish, and dairy products), medications and insect stings.