Understanding Your Allergies


Allergies are something that many people experience for a variety of different reasons. Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to something in the environment, resulting in a variety of physical symptoms including watery eyes, runny nose, rashes, peeling skin, labored breathing, itchiness and more.

The immune system releases a chemical which is the cause of allergy symptoms. Allergies can be managed by avoiding triggers and medical treatment. 

There are many different types of allergens including certain foods, mold, pet dander, dust, pollen, insect stings and more.

Seasonal Allergies

Many people find that they only suffer from allergies during certain times of the year. This type of allergy is known as a seasonal allergy. People with seasonal allergies may find that during the spring and fall they have watery eyes, sneeze frequently, itch and have other allergy symptoms. This is because there is something in the environment during that season causing the immune system to react. There are many causes of seasonal allergies but a few of the most common include: grass, pollen, mold, ragweed, tumbleweed, Russian Thistle, Cocklebur and more. There are a few ways that seasonal allergies can be managed including limiting triggers. This may include monitoring pollen and mold counts, keeping windows closed, and filtering your indoor air using an air filter. You may also want to take an over the counter medication for allergies and purchase eyedrops. An effective way of managing seasonal allergies is taking allergy shots (immunotherapy). If your seasonal allergy symptoms persist, you may want to schedule an appointment with an allergist. They may give you a prescription for stronger allergy medication such as a nasal spray.

Nasal Sprays

If your allergies are persistent, you may want to consider prescription nasal sprays. Some prescription allergy nasal sprays contain corticosteroids, which helps to relieve stuffy and running noses, as well as frequent sneezing. Nasal sprays work by blocking the effects of a chemical that your immune system releases when in contact with allergens. Some nasal sprays are taken before exposure to allergens. If your allergy symptoms are tolerable, but you would still like relief, you can try saline nasal sprays which are completely natural. They work by softening the mucus, allowing for it to drain easily which relieves congestion. It is important to follow directions on the label or instructions by your Doctor when using a nasal spray so that it will work effectively.

Mold

Mold is a very common cause of allergies. Mold can grow in many different places inside and outside of your home including your bathroom, basement, backyard, garage and more. There are more than 1,000 different species of mold that can grow and lurk in various places. As soon as the mold is disturbed and the particles become airborne, people with allergies to mold will have reactions including sore throat, wheezing, sneezing, itchy eyes and more. If a mold allergy is suspected, your Doctor will refer you to an allergist. You should track your symptoms which may help you determine where the exposure to mold is. The allergist will do various skin and blood tests to determine the allergen.Decongestants can help to relieve the symptoms of mold allergies as well as avoiding triggers. If the source of mold is located outdoors you may want to wear a face mask to prevent breathing it in. If the source of mold is in your home you will want to take appropriate measures to get rid of it.

Children’s Allergies

Children may suffer from allergies as well. A parent should suspect allergies if they have a child that sneezes a lot, develops rashes frequently or has a stomachache after eating certain food. If you do suspect that your child may have allergies you should make an appointment with your family Doctor for to help get a diagnosis and treatment plan. Before your appointment you should keep track of your child’s symptoms and relevant information that might have caused the reaction in a diary. This can help your Doctor to help pinpoint the suspect allergen. There are many allergy triggers for children which include: outdoor tree and plant pollen, insect bites and stings, pet dander, mold, dust, smoke, fragrance, peanuts, milk, dairy products and more. The Doctor will come up with a treatment plan which may include medication, education, trigger avoidance and more to help prevent allergies from being activated.

Allergies do not have to get in the way of daily living because symptoms can be managed effectively with the right treatment plan.

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