The first thing someone must do to treat allergy symptoms is to know precisely what allergens trigger those symptoms. When going for allergy shots, the first thing an allergist will do is a skin test. They will either prick or puncture the skin slightly so that they can introduce the body to specific allergens. They will monitor results; they will look for swelling and redness. All allergy sufferers are created differently, but most do share common triggers.
The Four most commonly shared triggers are:
Pollen comes from grass, trees, weeds, and plants, and it is the number one cause of seasonal allergies. Pollen usually causes stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and flu-like symptoms.
Cats and dogs make amazing friends, but their dander causes some people to suffer. Dander is in the saliva of an animal, so regardless of fur a pet can trigger symptoms.
Dust mites can trigger allergies, and dust mites cannot be seen with the naked eye. They like to make their home in mattresses, carpets, and bedding. They feed on dead skin cells from people, pets, and pollen. Hypoallergenic bedding can help to mitigate dust mites.
Mold needs water to grow, and so you can find it in damp and dark places (basements, bathrooms). Breathing in mold spores can trigger allergies.
Let our allergists in Langhorne PA help you identify what causes your allergy symptoms.