Itchy eyes. Runny nose. Cough. It could be an allergy.
Many of us experience allergies every day, while others aren’t the least bit affected by them. It’s the genetic luck of the draw. How allergies affect you depend on your immune system’s response to allergens.
What are common allergy symptoms?
Symptoms you have an allergy include a stuffy or runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, rashes or hives, swelling, breathing problems (wheezing), and an overall sense of fatigue.
What are common causes of allergies?
Allergies may develop over time, so it’s important to be vigilant, even if you’ve never had a reaction to these common causes of allergies:
- Seasonal allergies, such as those related to plant pollens
- Environmental allergies, such as those related to dust mites, pets, insect stings, molds, and mildew
- Food allergies, such as peanuts or shellfish
- Medication allergies, such as penicillin or aspirin
In certain people, allergies are mild, but in others, they may be so severe they cause an allergic reaction.
How to prevent allergies?
While you can’t prevent having allergies altogether, there are some preventative measures you can take to keep the sniffling and sneezing under control. Once allergy season rolls around, opt for the air conditioner rather than keeping the windows open, to prevent pollen from flying into your home. If you have a dust or pet allergy, its best to just generally avoid these triggers.
If you think you’re having an allergic reaction or you want to talk to a medical professional about potential allergies, go to your closest vybe urgent care, or to the ER for severe symptoms.