Watery eyes, sneezing, headaches, congestion and fatigue are only some of the allergy symptoms experienced by over 50 million Americans each year. Allergies are the most common chronic condition in the United States and account for over 17 million visits to the doctor and 30,000 visits to the hospital emergency room. San Antonio residents are no strangers to allergies. This year, the city was named one of the top 15 allergy capitals in the country and continues to climb in rank each year. The good news is that taking preventive measures, such as conducting a home allergy test in your home, using an air purifier and reducing your exposure to allergens, can prevent these allergy symptoms.
What Causes Allergy Symptoms?
Allergies occur when a person’s immune system overreacts to contact with certain substances known as “allergens” and triggers a histamine response. The type and amount of allergens that trigger this response varies in each individual. Some people have a very low threshold for a certain allergen where even just a trace of it will cause symptoms, while others only experience symptoms when they are exposed to a certain combination of allergens.
The most common allergy symptoms:
- Watery eyes
More severe effects of allergies:
- Epistaxis (nose bleeds)
- Difficult or painful breathing
- Chronic cough
- Asthma Complications
- Lung disease
- Cardiovascular problems
What Are Allergens?
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, an allergen is any foreign substance that triggers this response. Allergens can be found outside in your environment or inside your workplace or home. Environmental Allergens
- Some of the most common substances found in the outdoor environment are pollen, mold, dust, chemicals and pollution. Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever”, in which they experience an increase in symptoms due to a higher level of certain pollens or mold spores in the air.
Allergens Inside Your Home
- A majority of allergy symptoms are caused by allergens found inside your workplace or home. The average American spends 90 percent of their life indoors breathing in harmful particles, such as dust mites, pet dander, mold and household chemicals. In fact, indoor air pollution has been found to exceed outdoor pollution by 2-100 times.
The Dangers of Mold
- Mold is the most common indoor allergen and can be found in every home. Although a small amount is normal, higher levels can be very harmful to a person’s health. Many buildings in humid climates tend to have toxic levels of mold. Humidity from spills, steam or leaks can also cause mold spores to thrive in an indoor environment. Long-term exposure to indoor mold can lead to serious health conditions like cancer, neurotoxicity, lung disease, cardiac disease and pneumonia.
A home allergy test is a great way to find the allergens that are present in your workplace and home. Call 210-680-1234 to have an air quality professional conduct a test and find which allergens might be responsible for your allergy symptoms.