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Allergies: What Are They?

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Winter is finally on its way out, and the sun is beginning to cast a blanket of warmth and beauty. The temperature is not the only thing heating up during this time of year, however. The spring allergy season is right around the corner, and many people are already feeling its effects. About 20% of all people in the developed world suffer from allergies, and this number is believed to be growing significantly. Despite how many people have allergies, however, few may really understand what they are. The following is an informative guide to the most common types of allergies and what allergies are. What are allergies and allergens? An allergy is a reaction from your immune system to particles that are usually harmless. In other words, your immune system mistakes harmless particles, such as pollen, as harmful invading germs and activates to protect you. This is what causes redness, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, swelling, vomiting, itchiness, and many other uncomfortable symptoms. An al ...

How Medication Treats High Cholesterol

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Many people hear from their doctor that their cholesterol is too high and that they must start taking medication for it. They take their prescription and they fill it at the drugstore (or save some money by ordering it online), but how many people understand how medication lowers cholesterol? How many people know what cholesterol medication does? What else can you do to help lower your cholesterol? The following is a guide on how medication treats high cholesterol. Wait, what is cholesterol? To understand how medications treat high cholesterol, we first need to understand what cholesterol is and what it does. Cholesterol is a wax-like substance that flows through your veins in your blood. It builds, protects, and maintains your cell membranes, making it essential for your body. Cholesterol is also needed for your body to be able to produce hormones, Vitamin D, and digestive enzymes. However, when you have too much cholesterol, it sticks to the inside of your arteries and begins build ...

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