Allergy triggers can be anywhere. Some of the most common are pollen, ragweed, grass, pet dander, dust mites, and mold. People who have allergies have an immune system that is sensitive to one or more of these usually harmless things. It’s easy to come in contact with allergens. Chasing after dust bunnies, playing with your pet or just walking out the door during allergy season can do it. An allergic reaction is set in motion by touching, swallowing, or inhaling an allergen. Once an allergen, such as pollen, enters your body, your immune system reacts and starts making antibodies. The antibodies help look for and then get rid of the pollen. Avoid triggers when you can. Check pollen or mold reports before going outside. If levels are high, think about wearing a mask.
During allergy season shower before you go to bed. Keep windows closed and run the air conditioner. Vacuuming twice a week can help cut down on allergens. If you don’t know what’s causing your allergies, or if they’re severe, an allergy doctor can help. An allergist or immunologist will take your medical history and may do allergy tests. Tests expose you to possible allergens to see which ones cause a reaction. Depending on your allergies, your doctor may suggest prescription medications or allergy shots.