An allergy is your body overreaction to allergens, which results in causing symptoms. Common allergy symptoms include:
- runny nose
- stuffy nose
- watery eyes
- nose pressure
- ear fullness, popping
- dark circles under the eyes
- itchy eyes, nose, roof of mouth
The most common airborne allergens are pollen, mold, dander and dust mites.
Pollen is a very fine powdery spore produced by flowers, trees, grass and weeds for plant reproduction. If you experience an allergic reaction to pollen in the spring, this reaction is likely due to tree pollen. Allergies in the summer are often caused by grass and weed pollen. And ragweed is the common allergen producer in the fall.
Mold commonly collects in wet, damp areas, such as in the shower/bath, around windows and damp basements. Mold also accumulates when live stuff decomposes. An allergic reaction to mold is usually the worst in humid/rainy environments.
Dander is a protein found in the skin, saliva, and urine of furry animals, such as dogs and cats. Exposure to dander results whenever handling these pets or from house dust containing dander. Dander allergy can last over a month even after you furry friend has moved out of your environment.
Dust mites are tiny living bugs, commonly dwelling in mattresses, carpeting and upholstery. They feed off of dead skin cells and other house dust items.
An over the counter antihistamine is generally the first line of relief defense against airborne allergens. When taken before an allergen exposure, they counteract your body’s overreaction. Thus, you’ll experience a noticeable reduction in your sneezing, runny nose and itchiness caused by allergies.
Because not all bodies react the same, you’ll need to experiment with different types of antihistamines to discover which one works best for your relief.
A natural healthy method for relief in combating allergens is to regularly clean your dwelling environment.