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Common Triggers of Allergies

If you’re the wheezy, sneezy, itchy and teary one of the bunch, chances are you have any allergy of some sort. But what is causing your allergy? Here are a few (of many) triggers that can cause moderate to severe allergy symptoms, and a few ways to curb their effects.

Animals

Animals are one of the most common triggers of allergies in humans, and almost any animal can be the culprit—dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, you name it. These allergies are most often caused by animal skin dander floating off of the animal, through the air, and into the sinus passages or mouth. Once inhaled, they can causing itchy, watery, and red eyes, itchy and runny nose, mucus buildup, coughing and sneezing, and even stomach problems. Exposure to animal saliva and urine can have similar effects as well.

While avoiding exposure to animal dander is an excellent way to avoid allergy episodes, that’s not always a feasible or enjoyable option. After all, pets are some of the most adorable and lovable creatures on the planet—and a lot of the time, the ones you love most live with your closest family members and friends.

To avoid a sniffly situation when visiting a beloved pet, take an allergy pill 30 minutes to an hour before your visit to curb your allergy symptoms, and consult with your pharmacist to know which allergy medication is right for you.

Dust

One of the most problematic allergy triggers could be hiding in your home—and most likely, underneath your couch. Dust is one a common allergy trigger, and one of the easiest to remove, when done carefully. Many people experience dust allergies inside their own homes, especially after they’ve finished cleaning or dusting. The second you kick up dust while vacuuming or sweeping, dust particles can fly up into the sinuses, causing wheezing, sinus blockages, and coughing. These allergy symptoms can be reduced by keeping a clean house, and making sure that external dust isn’t seeping into your home through windows or underneath doors, or recirculating through HVAC systems.

Mold

Mold can cause severe allergic reactions and other illnesses, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye for mold in the damp, humid areas of your home, like bathrooms and kitchens. Mold can cause coughing, itchy and watery eyes, mucus buildup, headaches, and even hives. Be sure to kill mold at the source with bleach and water, and do it quickly to avoid the further spreading of mold in your home.

There are so many factors to keep in mind when treating an allergy problem, so it’s important to talk to your local pharmacist about the best course of action for you and your symptoms. That’s where Good Day Pharmacy can help. Our expert staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated to providing you with the products and services that help you feel your best. We serve retail customers in Eaton, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Johnstown, Longmont, Loveland, Wellington, & Yuma —so you can have the highest quality pharmacy experience possible, no matter where you live in Northern Colorado.

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