Get this: about 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. That’s about 1 out of every 6 people who
deals with wheezing, itching, sniffing sneezing, water eyes, and other annoying symptoms of allergies.
While the list of allergens is far too long to cover, there are some very common allergens that give many of these sufferers those nasty side effects just mentioned.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, some of the most common allergens include:
• Pollen—When pollen season kicks off (as early as January in the south and April in the north), it’s an allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare. Pollen exposure can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose, and a host of other awful symptoms.
• Dust mites—A dust mite is a very tiny organism that resides in dust around your house. While the symptoms of a dust mite allergy are pretty similar to those of pollen allergies, the major difference is that dust mites are prevalent all year long. They can get all over your bedding, in your mattresses, pillows, and box springs, as well as in the carpet, drapes, and even stuffed animals. Regular cleaning and washing of bedding can help control dust mite populations.
• Weeds—Come summer and fall, weed allergies are at their worst. Ragweed is the most common weed allergen, but pigweed sagebrush, and countless other weeds can cause sniffling, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms.
• Mold—It has been estimated that up to 70 percent of homes have mold hiding behind the walls. Breathing in mold can prove hazardous to your health and lead to an array of respiratory issues and allergy symptoms. Some of the symptoms you may experience with a mold allergy include congestion, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes.
Think You May Have An Allergy Problem?
If you suspect you might be suffering from allergies, it’s important to seek medical counsel as soon as possible. Allergy testing can help pinpoint your allergies, and doctors can work with you to come up with a treatment plan for helping you overcome allergens.
At Kaner Medical Group, we have an Allergy Center and team of allergists who can help you beat your allergy problems once and for all. Visit our allergy testing page for more info.