Go find out - about allergies
allergies; allergy; anaphylaxis;
Every day we come into contact with our environment and our body reacts in different ways to keep us safe.
An allergy is your body's over-reaction to something that doesn't bother most people. For example, grasses, insect stings, pollen and cat fur can cause trouble for some people.
- Maybe our eyes get sore and itchy.
- Maybe we get an itchy rash.
- Maybe some of our skin on our face swells up.
- Maybe we have problems breathing.
Read our topic Allergies - general then have a go at the quiz. If you are not sure of an answer check click on the Hint button. How did you go with the quiz?
Many people nowadays are allergic to some foods like cow’s milk, peanuts or eggs.
Some people may have a mild reaction while others are so allergic to some things such as peanuts that they can be seriously ill and may have to go to hospital.
Your teacher will let the class know if someone has a bad allergy so that everyone will know what to do to help their classmate stay healthy and safe.
Read the topic Food allergies to find out more.
Maybe you could check out who suffers from allergies in your family, your class and among your friends or sports team, and how they manage an allergic reaction, just in case you, or they, need help one day?
If you know what triggers a reaction to some foods, read our topic on Food labels - what do they mean? so that you can check what is actually in the product.
Some people are so allergic to something that their bodies react so quickly and in several different ways that their lives can be in danger. Doctors call this severe allergic reaction 'anaphylaxis' (say anna-fill-ax-is)
Read our topic on Anaphylaxis - when an allergy can be really dangerous.
|Now see if you can answer these questions.
1. What are 4 causes of allergies?
2. How does an Epipen work?
3. Anaphylaxis affects which vital parts of the body?
Have a go at the word game at the end of the topic on Anaphylaxis. There are 3 different levels. Start on the beginner level until you work out the best way to do it — vowels a,e,i,o,u are where I always start.
We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.