Allergy Relief Products Site - Glossary
- An Additive is something that is added to a product, but which does not affect the product's performance. For instance, adding color to a Popsicle doesn't change the Popsicle's taste; therefore, color is an additive. For those with allergies, additives can be a real problem. Things like artificial color, dyes, fragrances, and preservatives are all potential allergens.
- An Allergen is a normal substance that causes an acute defensive reaction in a person's immune system. Allergies can be triggered by eating, touching or breathing in an allergen. Allergies are often associated with asthma, especially in children. Common allergens are pet dander, smoke, and pollen, although the list of possible allergens is long and varied. When a person has a reaction to an allergen that person is said to be allergic to it.
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