Pollen, Dust, And Dander, Oh My!
Allergy season seems to be getting worse every year—both in terms of its intensity and its length. With this year’s late-arriving spring, the allergy season is widely being seen as one of the worst on record.
According to American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than 50 million Americans have some sort of allergy. And it seems like more and more of us are suffering from them, thanks to climate change according to some experts.
Besides taking some over-the-counter pills aimed at reducing symptoms of allergies, it’s also a good idea to get tested to find out if you have any specific ones. Here’s why you should consider getting tested, and some other tips for ensuring you receive appropriate treatment for any allergies you may have.
When Should You Get Tested?
The most common motivation for getting allergy test is when a patient exhibits symptoms. For pollen-related allergies, this is usually in early spring all the way through mid-summer. That said, depending on what is causing the allergic reaction and the patient’s sensitivity to it, it’s possible that a patient could exhibit symptoms all year round. When this happens, patients often become accustomed to the symptoms and live with them. That can be ok, but depending on the allergy and the severity of its symptoms, it’s often better to identify and treat it sooner rather than later.
What Are Some Common Symptoms?
The symptoms for allergies vary widely by type and severity, but some of the more common ones include runny or itchy noses/eyes, itchy or puffy skin, and hives. In the most extreme cases, patients may experience an anaphylactic response, where they experience difficulties breathing.
Who Can Perform The Test?
First off, always see a certified medical professional for any medical tests of any type. It’s essential to ensure that the test performed is done in a reliable way, otherwise you may be recommended a treatment or lifestyle change that’s unnecessary or, worse, harmful. It’s therefore best to see a doctor who can give you a full medical exam and is familiar with or has access to your complete medical history.
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