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Allergy- Causes ad prevention

Postby KristenSwan on Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:38 am

Allergic rhinitis is a type of allergic reaction. It happens when your immune system overreacts to something in your environment. In other words, your body reacts to an environmental trigger that’s generally harmless as though it were a threat, such as a virus.

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis often mimic those of a cold. For example, they can include:

    sneezing
    runny or stuffy nose
    itchy or watery eyes
    coughing
    headache
    fatigue

If you only experience allergic rhinitis during certain times of year, you have “seasonal allergies” or “hay fever.” You’re probably allergic to outdoor triggers, such as pollen. If you experience it year-round, you’re probably allergic to indoor triggers. Learn about the most common indoor triggers of year-round allergic rhinitis.

Pet dander
Mold
Dust mites
Cockroaches

Prevention

If you have allergic rhinitis, avoiding your triggers is an important part of managing your allergy symptoms. If you don’t know what’s triggering your allergic reactions, talk to your doctor. They can refer you to an allergist for testing. Once you’ve identified the cause of your symptoms, you can take steps to avoid it.

You can limit many indoor allergy triggers by keeping your home clean and well-maintained. For example, vacuum your floors and furniture, clean your upholstery, and change your bedding regularly. Repairing leaks and other sources of excess moisture can also help you cut down on many indoor allergy triggers.
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