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What is an allergy?

What exactly is an allergy?

An allergy is when a person is super-sensitivity to anything that may not affect other people. We call this an allergy trigger which can cause headaches, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, coughing, hives, and so many other annoying to severe symptoms.

What exactly is an allergy trigger?

The list can be endless but the most common are dust mites, strong chemicals, pollen, air and/or smoke pollution, pet dander, perfumes, molds and foods.

How common are allergies?

Very. As many as 55 million Americans are effected by allergies. Out of the 55 million almost half of the people suffer from symptoms 3 to 4 months out of the year. Of those, some 10 million report symptoms 8 to 9 months out of the year.

More children than ever suffer from some type of allergy. Studies show, kids can miss as many as 1.5 million school days a year from stuffy noses, itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing and headaches all because of those darn allergies.

What are the most common symptoms?

Normal allergy symptoms are a dry cough, runny and stuffy nose, swollen and red eyes and itching. More severe cases report upset stomachs, sleeplessness, hives and rashes and the list goes on.

Are allergies just for a few months during the spring?

One of the most common misconception about seasonal allergies is that the season is short. The spring allergy season can actually start in mid-February. There are generally two peaks with pollen allergies: tree pollen (early in the season) and then the grass pollens which come out in late April and early May. The “spring” allergy season can run as long as 5 months. And depending on the type of allergy, a person can show symptoms all year long thanks to dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. Allergy symptoms can get much worse during pollen season on windy days in the spring, during the summer when the weeds and grass grow high, and the fall, especially if we have a rainy season. Mold loves to grow on wet leaves and wood piles.

What is the best way to fight allergies?

See your doctor so that you can determine which type of allergen you are suffering from. Visit Meditrend for more specific answers to helping you beat your allergy symptoms and learn more about building your immune system to fight that runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing headaches and feeling blah.