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Adult Allergies 101

Allergies occur seasonally or year-round. Seasonal allergies can occur in conjunction with the release of pollen during certain times of the year, most commonly during spring. Other allergens, like mold, are not seasonal and can cause symptoms at any time.

Inhaling pollen or other allergens can irritate your nose and trigger a release of histamine, causing you to sneeze. Or your nose may produce more mucus than normal to get rid of the allergen, causing a runny nose. Other allergy symptoms may include itchy/watery eyes, congestion, coughing, and a sore throat.

Dust mites can be a year-round cause of allergies and asthma. They live in furniture, bedding, and carpet, and cannot be eliminated by vacuuming alone. Steam cleaning and dry cleaning, as well as a washing items like bedding in very hot water, can help eliminate most dust mites.

Mold is capable of growing both indoors and outdoors, and requires only a damp surface to thrive. Indoors, mold is often found in places like the refrigerator and bathroom. Using a dehumidifier in damp areas can help reduce mold growth.

Most pet allergies are caused by a protein found in the pet’s dead skin, saliva and urine. These proteins can stick to clothing, carpet and even walls. These allergens can be reduced by regularly cleaning the home.

Fighting allergies can be tricky. Here are a few tips to reduce allergens in your home.

  • Clean frequently and keep clutter to a minimum.
  • Using plastic covers in pillows and mattresses can help repel dust.
  • Wash bedding every 7-14 days in hot water
  • Keep air ducts clean.
  • Use an air purifier.
  • If possible, avoid outdoor activities in the morning when pollen count is at its highest.

And don’t forget to count on Allegra and Allegra-D, now available OTC, to relieve your allergy symptoms. Visit http://www.allegra.com/ for more information.