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An allergy is an undesirable potentially severe or even life-threatening reaction to a substance that normally is harmless (and which has no effect in non-allergic individuals). Such substances are called allergens. Some of the most common allergens include:

• Aeroallergens: grass, tree and weed pollen, house dust mites, furry animals, moulds
• Foods: common examples are peanut and tree nuts, shellfish, fruits, eggs and dairy
• Medications: antibiotics (e.g. penicillin), NSAIDs (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen), general anaesthetics, etc.

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