Allergies occur when our body overreacts to a 'trigger' or allergen. Common reactions include itchiness, sneezing and difficulty breathing. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that requires emergency treatment. Common allergies include hay fever, asthma, hives and food allergy.

Allergies

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Impact of smoke exposure on heart and lung conditions

People with heart or lung conditions (such as asthma) are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke from fires. Their symptoms can be worse at lower smoke concentrations compared to other people.

Learn about the steps you can take to avoid smoke and protect your health.

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