Did you know that one in five people in the United States suffers from allergy or asthma problems? You may have allergies which have gone previously undiagnosed. It is also common for children of allergy sufferers to develop them throughout their lifetime. A child with one parent with allergies is 33% more likely to develop allergies while a child with two parents that have allergies is 70% more likely to develop allergies in their lifetime.
The top five allergy triggers for adults and children include:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Bug bites and stings
The types of allergens you can get are limitless but there are many common culprits that you can learn more about.
Pollen: Seasonal allergies are often triggered by pollen. The most common causes of pollen that sticks to your car and makes you sneeze includes multiple varieties of trees, grasses, weeds and flowers. As the world starts to bloom, allergy sufferers get more miserable and tired from exposure to the outdoors. Reactions to look for include sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, exhaustion, and more.
Pet dander: Having a pet is not only a great companionship, it may also improve your physical health. Animal lovers are hardly going to give up their beloved family members when they find out they are allergic to dogs or cats. You might be allergic to pet dander on dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and more. Typical allergic reactions include those regularly experienced with pollen.
Dust Mites: Even though you cannot see dust mites, they definitely affect your everyday life. Keeping your home clean and regularly washing your curtains and linens can help prevent dust mites from accumulating. These little bugs live in the dust of your home and feed on the dead skin which falls off of your body all of the time. One common symptom you experience with dust mites is sneezing.
Bug Bites and Stings: A lot of bugs are so small you may not feel them bite you or sting you. Stings and bites leads to reactions like swelling of the area, difficulty breathing, hives, itching, and more.
Mold: Multiple types of molds can grow in persistently damp or wet areas like bathrooms and rooms without adequate ventilation. Living in Florida may leave your attic moldy, the walls of your home rotted, and your ceiling visibly deteriorated. No one should live around mold because some types are toxic but for allergy sufferers nearly all types of mold affect health. If you are asthmatic, mold may trigger an attack.
By keeping your home clean, taking medication, dusting regularly, and adopting specific habits may help your home be a better place for you as an allergy sufferer. Simple things like not wearing your shoes in the house, changing your sheets regularly, and also not letting your dog stay in your bed with you may change your health for the better.
If you believe you are suffering from allergies that can be treated with the help of an expert physician, contact Dr. Joshua P. Light for all of your ear, nose, and throat needs. It is possible for you to develop new allergies or become immune and allergic to new things throughout your lifetime.
Our team is available to help. Schedule your initial appointment online or by phone at 561-737-8584. We are convenient to residents of Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and the surrounding areas.