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Allergens

Where to find the most common allergens

If you suffer from allergies, the symptoms can be miserable. Stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and resulting sinus issues, among other symptoms. These allergies are the result of the immune system ramping things up to counter a perceived threat; something that should not normally provoke such a response. Here are some common allergens.

Pollen allergens

Those with pollen allergies are often said to have seasonal allergies, because different types of pollen are active during certain periods of the year, causing allergy symptoms to be at their worst during those periods. In Spring, the worst offender is tree pollen. In summer, grass pollen is the major seasonal environmental allergen. And in Fall, weeds such as ragweed can cause allergy symptoms to act up. 

Food allergies

Food allergies are sometimes confused with food intolerances, but the two are different. Food allergies cause actual allergic reactions when exposed to the food, as opposed to the often gastrointestinal issues caused by food intolerances. Common food allergens include peanuts, milk, eggs, and tree nuts. Some of these reactions can be severe.

Dust and insects

Certain insects, such as cockroaches, can produce an allergic reaction in some. Dust allergies are also common, but this type of allergy is actually a reaction to dust mites…tiny creatures that make up a large part of what we see as dust. Finally, some people have allergic reactions to stinging insects such as bees and wasps. These reactions to stings can be acute and severe. 

Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew are types of fungus that releases spores through the air, and these spores cause an allergic reaction in some. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors, especially in warm, dark places. They are often found growing in basements, bathrooms, dead plant parts, in soil, on siding, and can even be found on insulation and drywall.

Pet dander

Finally, many people are allergic to pet dander. This is commonly from either cats, dogs, or both, but can be any animal with fur. An allergic reaction can occur from exposure to dander through the air or through the animal’s saliva. 

If you experience complications from seasonal allergies or other types of allergies, you have options beyond over-the-counter nasal sprays and other ways to mask the symptoms. Consult your doctor to learn what treatment options are available to you. Experiencing sinus problems as a result of your allergies? Book a consultation with us to learn what treatments are available to help you.

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