Many people suffer through their allergy symptoms for far too long, thinking they’re something everyone “just has to deal with.” Most don’t even know what their problematic allergens are; they just know the time of year their allergies hit, or the measures they take to make themselves feel better throughout the year.
This blog gives you a few clues as to what you may be allergic to based on your allergy control measures. Of course, the only way to truly discover what you’re allergic to is to be tested by a provider trained in allergy treatment.
HEPA filters in your home
If using HEPA filters in your furnace and vacuum seem to help your symptoms, you are likely dealing with an indoor allergen. The allergens that get picked up by HEPA filters are most commonly dust mites and pet dander. But outdoor pollen that has come inside, or mold spores from damp areas of the home, can also be trapped in the filter.
A tissue in your pocket
We all know a person who always has a tissue in their pocket, signaling an allergy to something prevalent all year round.
Most year-round allergens are found indoors, like mentioned above. Mold, whether it’s indoor or outdoor mold, is also widespread all year and could be causing your symptoms.
Most people turn to antihistamines when they feel symptoms, and when you start taking antihistamines is a key factor in narrowing down what you may be allergic to.
When fall hits and you start to feel symptoms, your antihistamines may be helping with an allergy to weeds (including ragweed) and/or mold. The combination of the two can wreak havoc.
Treating the cause of your allergies
The best way to determine what you’re allergic to and take action is to be tested for allergies.
After seeing a provider for testing, exam, and a complete medical history, some individuals choose to treat the cause of their allergies with immunotherapy. Immunotherapy – both allergy shots and allergy drops – slowly introduces the body to offending allergens, helping their body tolerate and no longer react to allergens over time.
Personalized allergy drops following the La Crosse Method™ Protocol treat each allergen the patient is determined to be allergic to at the specific level needed to build tolerance without causing more reactions. After successful treatment, patients may be able to lose their antihistamines and the ceaseless tissues. If you’re looking for a provider near you who offers treatment, fill out this form.