If you have environmental allergies, you may be dealing with symptoms such as; sniffling, sneezing, coughing, itching, brain fog or even headaches. It is not all in your head, it’s your surroundings that are causing the problem. The good news is that you are not doomed to days of misery. The key is to avoid or eliminate airborne allergens, but sometimes you cannot avoid them.
What are some of the most common environmental allergens, and what can I do to limit exposure?
- Pollen, can be from grass, trees, hay fever, or weeds, it is the most common allergen that triggers symptoms, and it is very difficult to avoid.
- Though pollen allergy is likely to attack when you’re outdoors, indoor allergens such as dust mites puts you at risk of experiencing symptoms while you’re indoors, including in your own home. One way to combat dust allergens is to use an air purifier, dust covers on your mattress and pillows. Carpet should be removed and floors should be vacuumed or wet mopped daily to reduce the dust load.
Pet Dander Allergens
- Pet dander is a common allergen, and it is not just dogs and cats, people can be allergic to horses, rabbits and even gerbils. You don’t necessarily have to part with your pet in order to lower your exposure to this environmental allergen. Keeping the pet out of your bedroom and off your bed is first and foremost with an allergen. Treating animal allergens can help you keep your pet.
- Mold allergies can act up during the fall months, they may be caused by mold and mildew. To reduce your exposure to outside mold spores, avoid piles of leaves and thin out vegetation. Mold allergens can be very problematic if there are high amounts of mold spores in your home as well. You should inspect your home for mold growth in your basement, bathrooms and on the outer walls of the homes. Black mold is a toxic form of mold that can make you very ill and affect the nervous system. Special mold remediation should be done in the home to make it safe.
Cigarette smoke is usually more of an irritant than an allergen, but it can increase symptoms if you have other environmental allergies.
Cockroaches have been documented to cause severe asthma and bad allergies, and are very common.
Diagnosis and Treatment
At Serenity Health Care Center, our healthcare practitioners individualize treatments for patients based on seasonal and environmental allergies, or those with more complex allergies. Serenity Health Care Center is one of the few practices that offer sublingual immunotherapy for allergy treatment.
A precise diagnosis is needed to customize treatments and provide environmental risk factor reductions.
For more information on sublingual antigen therapy, visit Treatments for Airborne allergies.
Call, 262.522.8640 schedule your consultation today for a complete allergy evaluation and for Sublingual Drop Therapy.