About 50 million people in the U.S. have some sort of nasal allergies. In 2015, a little less than one in ten individuals had diagnosed hay fever. While there are a wide array of allergy symptoms, the triggers for these symptoms are typically very similar. If you are one of the many Americans who have allergies, chances are good that you have one of these common allergies:
Weeds and Pollen
Weeds, grasses and the pollen they produce are the most common reason for people to reach for common allergy remedies. Since these tend to be seasonal allergies, many people do not realize they are allergic and instead mistake their symptoms for a cold. “If you find you develop a ‘spring cold’ every year without fail, your symptoms are more likely to be hay fever caused by pollen exposure,” says Dr. Shah.
For most people, limiting exposure is the best way to reduce the chance of allergy attacks from weeds and pollen. Check the pollen count before making plans for outdoor activities. You are most likely to see high levels of pollen on windy days.
Mold spores are everywhere, just waiting for a chance to grow. When they find a spot that is suitably damp, they’ll show up with telltale musty smells and black, powdery staining. Many people with allergies react to mold.
Mold is often first apparent through smell. You may also see visual signs either in the form of stains or in damp spots on walls and ceilings. Any area of your home that is not sufficiently dry, with ample air movement, can develop mold. It is most common in bathrooms, under sinks and in basements. If you find mold in your home, airing out the area where it’s found can help keep it from growing back.
Dust mites are too tiny to see with the naked eye; each one measures only about one-third of a millimeter in length. However, these tiny pests can cause big problems for allergy sufferers. Most thrive in Texas’s humid climate and make their homes in bedding, stuffed animals, carpets and furniture. If you suspect you have dust mites in your home, special pillowcases and mattress covers can help reduce your exposure.
We all love our furry friends, but our noses may not like the bits of skin and saliva that they can leave behind. The most well-known allergies are those to dogs and cats, but rats, bunnies and even horses can cause allergy symptoms.
Banning pets from the bedroom and changing clothes after animal exposure can help curb your allergy symptoms. Bathing your pet regularly and washing their bedding and toys can also cut down on levels of dander in the home.
While allergies are common, living with allergy symptoms is not inevitable. Many people are able to find an effective allergy treatment after working with the doctors at American Sinus Institute. We can help identify your allergy triggers and work together with you to choose the right treatment path to provide lasting relief. Get in touch for a consultation today.