It’s well known that people can be allergic to things outside, but did you know that indoor allergies are just as prevalent? In some instances patients have allergies to items in their homes and don’t even realize that those allergens are triggering their allergic reactions. Common indoor allergies include:
- Dust mites
- Animal saliva and dander
- Mold spores
There is no cure for allergies, but there are many ways to control allergic reactions. Atkins Expert Sinus Care offers allergy testing. Allergy testing arms the patient with the knowledge he or she needs to avoid allergens and allergic reactions.
Outdoor allergies are a problem everywhere, especially in Texas. Pollen producing plants are everywhere in South Texas, causing coughing, sneezing, runny noses, and asthma. Common outdoor allergies include:
- Grass pollen
- Mountain Cedar
Allergic reactions are caused by the pollen that these (and other) plants and trees release into the air. Pollen which reaches the nostrils and lungs is treated as a foreign object by the body, and the body begins to produce mucus and coughing as a way to remove the pollen. Allergies are a defense mechanism, but sometimes the reactions can become acute.
There is no cure for allergies, but there are many ways to control allergic reactions, several of which you can read about here. Atkins Expert Sinus Care also offers allergy testing services.
Allergens are in the air all the time, but many plants have a certain time of year during which they pollinate. Seasonal allergies can cause the same symptoms as other allergies, such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and asthma, and can become acute.
Texas is known for its pollen producing plants, as well as for the seasonal allergies they cause.
- Bermuda grass
Although colder weather often brings seasonal allergy relief to many, residents in the Hill Country of Texas will often seen an increase in allergy symptoms. December to February is the pollination season for cedar; its buoyant pollen covers cars and sidewalks and can cause severe allergic reactions.
Many times patients are able to treat seasonal allergies with medications, but some people react so severely to certain seasonal allergies that medical attention is required.
There is no cure for allergies, but Atkins Expert Sinus Care does offer allergy testing. These tests can help patients make decisions about what allergens to avoid in order to be as symptom-free as possible.
Cats are the most common cause of pet allergies, but people can be allergic to many other animals and pets.
- Guinea pigs
- Hamsters and gerbils
The most common cause of allergic reactions to animals are the enzymes in the animals’ saliva and dander. There is no cure for these types of allergies, but reactions can be controlled with the use of medications and various over the counter products.
Bee and Wasp Allergies
Another form of animal allergy is caused by the venom produced by stinging and biting animals.
- Wasp stings
- Bee stings
- Scorpion stings
- Snake bites
Some people are severely allergic to wasp stings and bee stings. These people can go into shock, and possibly even die, if they are stung. Fortunately most people do not react this severely, but bee and wasp stings can be very uncomfortable even if they don’t require medical attention.
Unfortunately there is no surgical treatment for allergies, but there are many ways to avoid and control allergic reactions, some of which you can read about here. Atkins Expert Sinus Care also offers allergy testing.