Common Allergen Inhalants

Common Allergen Inhalants

Are allergens floating around in your environment and causing you problems?

Are you dealing with red, itchy, and watery eyes? Is your nose constantly running? If so, then you could be dealing with allergies. There are certain indoor and outdoor allergens that, when inhaled, can leave you with these unpleasant symptoms. From the office of our San Antonio, TX, allergist and asthma specialist, Dr. Christine Gilliam, discover the most common types of inhalant allergens and how to get your allergy symptoms under control.

Hay fever

You can thank grass and tree pollen, as well as certain types of molds for your hay fever. You may be dealing with hay fever if you experience a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and headaches. It’s also common to feel fatigued, lethargic, and perhaps a little foggy-headed.

How can I treat my hay fever?

The best thing you can do is to check the daily forecast for the pollen count. If it’s high, try to stay indoors with the windows closed as much as possible. Your asthma specialist also understands that you don’t want to stay trapped inside all day. If you plan to go out, make sure to wear your sunglasses.

Pet dander

Being allergic to your pet may be upsetting to discover but it’s something that can easily be managed with the proper lifestyle changes and medications. Certain enzymes in their saliva can become airborne, resulting in wheezing, runny eyes and nose, and itchy skin.

How can I treat my pet allergy?

If you do find out that you’re allergic to your pet, you can help ease symptoms by simply bathing them twice a week at the very least and by also cleaning all furniture, carpeting, and bedding regularly. If your allergies are still flaring up, your bedroom should become a pet-free zone.

Dust mites

While you might not want to think about it, there are microscopic mites that are living in your bedding, furniture, and mattresses. They also subsist on skin cells. If you are dealing with blocked nasal passages, chronic sneezing, or even eczema, you might want to talk to your allergist about whether you could have a dust mite allergy.

How can I treat my dust mite allergy?

Using a HEPA filter in your home can help to filter and trap bacteria and germs in the area. You should also vacuum every day and use special bedding that protects against dust mites.

If you are looking for an allergy and asthma specialist here in San Antonio, TX, that can help you get your inhalant allergy symptoms under control, then call Dr. Gilliam of Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center today at (210) 647-3838.