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One in five Americans suffer with allergies and at least half of the population is allergic to at least one thing. If you're one of the millions suffering with allergies, read on to get the facts about your condition.


Allergy causes

From pollen to peanuts, the list of allergens is lengthy. When your body comes in contact with an allergen, like your grandmother's cat, for example, your immune system believes the pet hair is a threat to your body and attempts to protect you.

That reaction comes with a variety of symptoms. From itchy, watery eyes to nasal congestion, the onslaught of symptoms will vary depending on how allergic you are to an allergen. For some people, allergies are a cyclic thing, happening every time the season changes. For others, it's a once-in-awhile deal.

When an allergic reaction happens, most people describe the symptoms as a bad head cold. However, there are some people who experience a more serious reaction, and in rare cases, an allergic reaction can be life threatening.


Allergy facts

Here are some fast facts about allergies, from WebMD:
About 30,000 people race to the ER every year because of a food allergy. Pets can cause allergic reactions. About 40% of U.S. households have a dog and 33% of homes have cats. Allergies can make you miss work. Adults call in sick on average five days a year because of the symptoms caused by allergies. If you're a parent with allergies, it is 33% likely that your child will have similar allergies.


Kinds of allergies

People can be allergic to food, mold, pets you name it but there are common allergies. In the food category, a lot of people are allergic to milk, eggs and nuts. Popular seasonal allergens include: pollen, ragweed and mold. While these are common allergies, there are some people who have an allergic reaction to cosmetic products, chemicals, insect bits, soaps, perfumes and prescription drugs.


When to see a doctor

If you think you have allergies, it's best to see a doctor, particularly if you notice something in your environment that triggers an allergic response. A doctor can give you an allergy test to see what your allergic to and advise the best treatment plan.


Treating allergies

While allergies can leave you reaching for tissues, there are ways to control allergy symptoms. If you can, avoid allergy triggers. If your allergic to pet dander, try to stay away from homes where Fido is hanging out. If you're allergic to dust, install a filter in the air ducts of your home to catch as much dust as possible. If you're allergic to pollen, try wearing a mask outside when you're doing yard work.

While you can work to prevent an allergic attack, it's not always easy to do. Keeping a kid who is allergic to pollen indoors in the summer, for example, is next to impossible. If you can't avoid allergens, you can treat allergy symptoms with medications. There are treatment options that allow you to live a normal life, with fewer restrictions.

Commonly used medications include corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal sprays, creams, eye drops, and decongestants.

Several popular corticosteroids include: Nasonex and Nascort. All of these medications are nasal sprays used to treat both indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms. Side effects can include facial irritation, nosebleeds, skin irritation and muscle weakness.

Antihistamines are also an effective treatment. These medications keep your body from reacting to allergens. Clarinex, a prescription medication, is a popular antihistamine, as is Patanol. Patanol is an eye drop that relieves irritations to the eyes.

There are also over-the-counter decongestants that relieve allergy symptoms, but for some people they aren't strong enough to do the job.

As always, before taking any medication, you should talk with your doctor about the right treatment for you.



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