The Human Bodies Sixth Sense

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By Sam Kantrow on March 14, 2012, 12:00am

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One out of every 4 of us has a special condition that allows them to have an additional sense that the rest of us don’t have. Are you jealous of this? Well you probably don’t want to be. What I’m referring to is called allergy symptoms. Over 67 million people suffer from these, in our country alone, but most people don’t actually know what causes the sneezing, runny nose, cough, and flu-like symptoms.

Our immune systems are really smart. Their job is to react when a foreign substance such as bacteria gets into your system, and attack it. For people with allergies, their immune system is super sensitive, and works super hard, causing it to react even when relatively harmless substances effect it. How severe really depends on the person, but allergic reactions can range from a bit of discomfort, to full on death! So here’s the deal. Allergens can stimulate an immune response when you take a breath, eat, or even touch something you’re allergic to. You can get it from plants, medication, meats, and foods…virtually anything. So how do you avoid the anything?

It’s actually quite easy to be tested for allergies. The most common method is called a skin test and here’s how it’s done. Doctors can observe your reaction to various allergens by scratching your skin or making an injection just below the skin. This way they can see what you’re allergic to, in a controlled environment. Now you’ll be able to ensure that your throat won’t close when you eat some peanut butter.

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