4 Common Causes of Allergy Attacks
Allergies got you down? Indeed, we only realize that we take breathing effortlessly for granted when the nose is stuffed-up, the sniffles are non-stop, the voice sounds nasally, and the passages seem to be jammed completely.
So, what causes allergies? Many things trigger the chemical histamine, resulting in the abovementioned symptoms.
If you have allergies, it is likely that you already know which elements bring them about, but do you know where they come from. Learn more about the four common causes of allergy attacks below:
- Dust Mites
These are microscopic, insect-like pests that consume dead human skin cells and flourish in warm, humid environments. While these parasites do not bite or sting our bodies, the proteins in dust that come from their feces and urine present a problem for individuals who have allergies.
Unfortunately, due to the Philippines’ sweltering weather, dust mites are nearly unavoidable. They can live in beddings, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets, and curtains. Continuous exposure to dust mites can seriously affect the health of not only people with allergies but those with asthma as well.
To help reduce dust mites in your home, you can attach dust mite covers over mattresses and pillows. Schedule a weekly cleaning session to have surfaces dusted and bedding washed in hot water.
Pollen allergy is most commonly known as “hay fever” and it typically arises during the summer months. According to a study, the most prevalent type of pollen in the Philippines is grass pollen.
You can prevent an allergic reaction by taking meds even before pollen season begins. Limiting outdoor activities and having an air purifier can also help reduce your symptoms.
- Animal Dander
One of the consequences of having allergies is not being able to have pets.
Animal dander is made out of microscopic flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds, and other animals with fur or feathers. It can stay suspended in the air for a long time because of its lightweight nature, which makes them cling to many household items.
Molds are a type of fungus that occurs almost everywhere in the world. These can thrive in dark and damp places including the bathroom, in the cabinet under a sink where there was an undiscovered leakage, and even in a field on uncut grass. These tiny mold spores float in the air making them invisible to the naked eye.
There are also different types of mold allergies – you can be allergic to molds found in the air while some can be allergic to those found in certain foods like mushrooms or selected cheeses. There are also examples of toxic ones like “black mold” which can cause very serious illnesses.
If you are particularly allergic to molds, you can help relieve symptoms by making sure that your bathroom has an exhaust fan or window. It can restrict dampness and therefore the formation of molds. Also be more vigilant of leaks in the roof, walls, or pipes.
If you have any other concerns about your allergies, consult your physician right away. If you want to know more about the medicine you can take to alleviate symptoms, click here.