There are many triggers that can cause misery to a person with allergies. It is important to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and be prepared with the right medication.
Common triggers include:
- Pollen – It may come from flowers, trees or grass. Symptoms can include watery, itchy eyes; sneezing; and runny nose. “You can manage a pollen allergy by staying indoors on windy days and taking antihistamines, decongestants and steroid nasal sprays,” says Matthew B. Schumer, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.
- Animal dander
- Dust mites
- Insect stings – “While most insect stings cause swelling and redness, a sting could be life-threatening for a person with an insect allergy,” says Schumer. “If you experience nausea, fatigue or low-grade fever after a sting, see your doctor.”
- Latex – Symptoms can include wheezing, shortness of breath and itching.
- Certain foods
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