Got Allergies?

Date: March 1, 2016 Author: Stephen Dunn Categories: Latest

Do you know what airborne allergens you have in your surroundings? Here are the top 6 as compiled by Everyday Health:

  1. Pollen…the airborne allergen behind hay fever that affects you indoors as well as outdoors. Late spring and early fall seems to be the worst times for hay fever sufferers.

  2. Dust Mites…microscopic creatures found on all your furniture, carpets and in your heating vents. They feed off of dead human skin so they tend to concentrate in areas where we tend to shed skin such as mattresses and pillows. They can cause significant issues with nasal congestion, sinus infections, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

  3. Pets…those fur balls we love! Not only is it their pet dander that can give us an allergic reaction but also the pollens, grass, etc. that they bring indoors attached to their fur.

  4. Mold and Mildew. Do you know the difference? Mildew is a form of fungus that is white in color. Molds appear in shades of black, blue, red and green. If you tend to have allergies in the fall mold spores may be what is getting you sneezing.

  5. Cigarette Smoke and strong perfumes or soaps…usually more of an irritant than an allergen but they can make your symptoms worse.

  6. Cockroaches. Seriously. They can cause severe asthma and bad allergies. At least they are last on the list.

Statistically, most of you reading this will have identified a couple of these on your hit list. So what can you do about these other than take drugs? That is the topic in next week’s blog.