At one time, allergy meant any form of hypersensitivity to substances such as foods, dust, mould, pollen, chemicals etc. By the 1960’s, it became clear that different types of reactions exist, and the term “allergy” came to mean “type I hypersensitivity”. The term allergy is becoming more blurred lately, as many people refer to any type of food, particle or chemical intolerance as being an allergy.
Use of Allergy on Allergy-Details.com
This website, purists may be horrified to discover, uses a more blurred definition of allergy. This is for the sake of convenience, since “type I, II, III, IV or V hypersensitivity” (or even the term hypersensitivity on it’s own) is cumbersome.
The point of this website is that certain substances (for example, a food) cause some people to become ill (celiac for example), or cause any number of undesirable effects, or symptoms (food allergy).
The purpose of this website is to help you discover your allergies, and then deal with them. “Dealing with allergies” ranges from avoiding the allergen (especially in the case of food) to using allergy control products.