Environmental Allergies

Environmental allergy or inhalant allergy is the body’s reaction to substances that are breathed in from the surroundings.

Among the more common environmental allergens include:

  • Mold spores
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Animal hair and dander
  • Insects
  • Chemicals
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pesticides
  • Metals as in those used in jewelry, among others

Environmental allergies could be considered as the body’s way of reminding a person that the ambient air in the locale he or she is in may affect health.

During a fit of allergy caused by the environment, a person may experience:

  • Itchy and/or watery eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Wheezing
  • Other unpleasant symptoms

Some people suffer from allergies from their environment throughout their lives, while other cases diminish as the person ages. On the other hand, allergies can suddenly exhibit symptoms in adults with no previous history of allergic reactions. In such cases, the allergic reaction can be triggered by the physical and emotional fatigue, emotional stress or changes in hormone levels.

To determine whether or not a person is suffering from an allergic reaction or has allergies to different substances, blood and skin tests are taken.

There options available in treating allergies, including changes in lifestyle and improved diets as well as medication and therapy, but the best way to control environmental allergies is simply to avoid the things that cause them.

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