Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
And the number seems to be growing. But many people don't even know they have allergies or know what allergies actually are. Here's some basic allergy information to help you be more prepared.
What causes allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to foreign substances in the environment called allergens. Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance, such as pollen, causes the immune system to react as if the substance were harmful. In essence, allergies are your body's effort to get rid of substances it feels are dangerous.
Signs of allergies
Some people who suffer from allergies don't know they have them because many of the symptoms are similar to those of the common cold. Colds may be associated with a fever or muscle ache, whereas allergies are not.
Who gets allergies?
Most allergies are inherited. So, if your mother or father has allergies, there's a chance you'll have them too. However, you may not be allergic to the same allergens as they are. The environment you live in, air pollution and pollen in the air can all have a major effect.
Living with allergies
You might have allergies, but there are a number of things you can do to help prevent, treat and live with your symptoms. Try these helpful tips to make your life with allergies a little easier.
In your home
- Keep windows closed to help eliminate pollen in the air.
- Use an air filter and clean it regularly.
- Stay away from damp areas where mold grows
- Wear a mask and gloves when you clean the house.
Know that pollen counts tend to be highest in the morning, so avoid AM activities outdoors. Be wary of windy days, when allergens really blow about.
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Mask the situation:
Wear an inexpensive painter's mask when you mow the grass, rake leaves and/or garden.
Kids allergic to mold? Keep them from jumping in dead autumn leaves.
Brake the mold:
Keep mold from building up indoors; clean out humidifiers so mold spores don’t accumulate.
Dust mites love a good carpet so try not to roll around on the rug with kids and pets. Dust and vacuum regularly.
Allergic to holidays?
Shake live Christmas trees thoroughly and dry them outside before decorating. Dust and clean fake trees with mold and mildew cleaner and store in a clean, dry place.
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