Allergies – Annika

DEFINITION:

Allergies are an immune response by the body to a substance usually pollen, fur, particular food or dust. Your own immune system mistakes these harmless substances as a threat and attacks them, that what your allergy symptoms are.

Why did I choose this issue:

I chose this issue because over 50% of the human worldwide population have allergies and no one else picked this issue and I thought it would be fun to be unique.

Connections:

My cousin is very allergic to dairy and nuts so when we go to visit them in the summer we have non dairy ice cream and soy milk.

How is this issue relevant to you:

I myself have allergies to pollen and dust. They start out of no where then make me have a stuffy nose and it is really hard to make myself feel better.

How do they expand your learning:

I know that doctors don’t really know how people get their allergies and they don’t know how to cure it.

Why is this important:

This is important because lots of the kids at our school are allergic to nuts and this issue made our school a nut free zone.

How does it affect teenagers:

People who know they have allergies try to avoid them the best as they can for example if they’re allergic to food than they will avoid eating it or if they are allergic to pollen they will try to stay away from it. Also sometimes people get their allergies when they get older. My friend loved to eat strawberries when she was a little girl but then one day when she ate them she got this reaction to them.

What did you learn about this issue:

I learned that allergies is caused by the immune system and people can be allergic to many different things including cockroaches.
What is your thinking/summary about this issue:

Allergies come in many different packages. People are allergic to different things and have different types of reactions. How and why is complicated and even doctors don’t completely understand.

How has your thinking changed:
There is no simple cure to stop being allergic to something or to stop an allergic reaction. There are steps to take but they are not always effective.

How does this influence your thinking about wellness:

There are not always clear answers. It is smart to pay attention to your surroundings and your own health and continue to learn more about how to prevent and treat allergies as scientists discover more information.