Knowing your seasonal allergies can help you avoid a very sneezy summer! Allergens are found in indoor and outdoor environments, and may come from plants, food, pets or even household products. Some of the most common allergens include pollen, dust mites, milk and animal dander and proteins.
Depending on when you experience your allergy symptoms, you can figure out generally what particular allergen is afflicting you by what month your symptoms worsen. If your symptoms are worse in the spring summer, you most likely have tree and grass allergies. The fall is generally ragweed and weed season.
Allergens are found in indoor and outdoor environments, and may come from plants, food, pets or even household products. Common allergens include:
- Pollen: Pollen from grass, weeds and/or trees produces hay fever, a common seasonal epidemic.
- Dust mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms that live in dust and in the fibers of upholstered furniture, rugs, pillows and mattresses. They are especially prevalent in warm, humid areas.
- Mold: These are microscopic fungi that produce airborne spores that enter the body when we breathe. Indoor mold is found in damp areas, such as basements, bathrooms or rooms that have leaks or have been flooded. Mold can also be found outdoors in grass, leaf piles and mulch, or around mushrooms.
- Animal dander and proteins: The most common animal allergen is animal dander, which is particles of proteins secreted by glands in the animal’s skin, then shed into the air. Proteins from an animal’s saliva, feces, urine or feathers also can trigger allergic reactions for some people.
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