You are never too old to appreciate just how deeply an allergy can impact your life. Every day, residents of your area must deal with itching, sneezing, coughing and the swelling that comes from being in contact with environmental allergies, and do not forget the watery eyes, runny noses and the occasional severe cases of anaphylactic shock, too. Some people even find that the majority of their day is spent being medicated just to keep the unpleasant symptoms of environmental allergies at bay. It is an existence that can tend to be chronically miserable for many people.
The reality is that, with an allergy, your immune system is overreacting to something in your environment, so it is important to get your immune system to calm down. There are various methods for doing this, such as allergy shots, using probiotics or taking other measures, but what kinds of substances would actually constitute an environmental allergen?
Dust and Dust Mites
Two of the most common environmental allergens are dust and dust mites. Dust is literally everywhere, even if you do not see it lingering around your home. Dust particles are always in the air, and they are also in the water you drink. Dust mites like to live in cushions and mattresses, so you have to be careful to keep any bedding clean in order to keep a serious dust mite allergy in check. Years of dust mites accumulating in a mattress can actually cause the mattress to gain significant weight. It is a somewhat gross reality to know that your bed could be infested with so many critters that live off of dead skin. Special covers for mattresses can be purchased to lock and trap dust mites inside so they do not produce allergic reactions. Alternatively, you could try sleeping on an air mattress to avoid the problem altogether by cutting down on the number of dust mites in your sleeping space.
While environmental pollutants may not necessarily be allergens in a direct way, they can contribute to the problem of environmental allergies. Of course, there are tons of different environmental allergens that can be a problem for you. It really boils down to what your immune system decides is a substance it has an issue with and to which it forms a noticeable reaction.
You can learn more about common environmental allergies by consulting with our experts at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in California, Oregon, or Washington.