Allergies occur when a person’s immune system is extra sensitive to various allergens. For the most part allergens do not cause most people serious problems. There are many people however who are more sensitive to various allergens than others. For these people the times of year which bring about these allergies can be a miserable time.
Approximately one third of the population is affected by one type of allergy or another to some degree. Because each person is different how they react to these various allergies is often also different.
When it comes to allergens some of the most common ones which cause problems for many people include
When you have the most allergy flare-ups depends on the specific allergen causing the problem. For example some allergens are specific to certain times of year such as grass and pollen while others are often experienced year round such as animal dander, mold and dust.
For many people spring is a time of year which is often downright miserable due to the pollens from various types of blooming trees and flowers. Mold allergies however are often at their worst during humid or damp weather. Animal dander and dust however are two specific allergens which can be found anytime and anywhere. For individuals with these specific allergies the problem is often quite difficult to escape.
When it comes to allergies there are many different symptoms which a person may experience to some degree. In some cases some of these symptoms may be worse than others. Some of the most common symptoms of allergies include:
Runny or stopped up nose
Dark circles under the eyes
Itchy eyes and nose
In addition to their being many different symptoms of allergies there are also many things that can make these symptoms worse. Some common things which can seriously worsen the symptoms of allergies include smoke such as that from burning wood or tobacco, pollution, aerosol sprays, high humidity and extreme cold.
Unfortunately allergens can be found anywhere including in your own home. There are ways to prevent or reduce these allergens however. In many cases this can be extremely helpful in making allergies much less of a problem. Some common preventive measures to reduce the occurrence of allergies include using tile or linoleum flooring in the place of carpet. This is helpful because carpet can harbor dust, pollen, pet dander and many other microscopic particles making allergies worse. Showering just before bed can also help as this washes away pollens and other allergens which may be collected when you go outside. This also helps to prevent these particles from accumulating in your bedding and pillows making sleep much more peaceful because fewer allergy symptoms will be encountered.