Allergy Muddlers in America

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If you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts, you’re not alone. Allergies affect millions of Americans every year - it’s one of the most common yet most overlooked conditions in the U.S.

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Understanding Allergy Symptoms

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Allergies kick in when your immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances called allergens. Your body releases a chemical called histamine, and you start to experience a variety of symptoms.
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  1. Itchy, watery eyes

    Many allergens are airborne and come into direct contact with your eyes. That’s why over 80% of people with allergies experience itchy, watery, teary eyes.

  2. Runny nose

    When allergens enter your nose, the membrane swells and presses a fluid out of small blood vessels in your nasal passages – typically a thin, clear liquid.

  3. Sneezing

    Your body’s reaction to histamine includes itchiness and swelling inside your nose and throat. As a result, your brain tells your chest to contract and you start sneezing.

  4. Itchy nose or throat

    Itchy nasal passages are also a reaction to a lot of histamine in your system.

  5. Sinus congestion

    If your allergies include upper respiratory symptoms – sneezing, itchy and runny nose – your sinuses may become swollen and blocked.

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What to Expect at the Allergist

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If it feels like you’re always reaching for a tissue, it’s probably a good idea to visit a doctor. A healthcare professional can help you find out the cause of your allergies with an effective and simple test. Here’s what to expect:
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  1. Allergy strategy

    Before your appointment, make a note of the what, when and where of your allergy symptoms so you can share this information with your doctor. This will help you work out an allergy management strategy together.

  2. Scratch, puncture or prick test

    A doctor or nurse places a drop of each potential allergen on your skin and then pricks your skin, allowing the allergen to enter. Fifteen minutes later you’ll be able to see how your skin reacts to each allergen.

  3. Intradermal test

    A small amount of each potential allergen is injected just under your skin. Fifteen minutes later a doctor or nurse will take a look at your skin’s reaction.

  4. Patch test

    An allergen is applied to a patch and then placed on your skin. After 48 hours you’ll go back to your doctor to see which allergens have affected you the most.

  5. Allergy Blood Test (specific IgE or RAST)

    A blood sample is taken to check for specific IgE (immunoglobulin E) antibodies. This can help your doctor see what allergens are responsible for your allergy symptoms.

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The Truth About Allergies

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Allergies are tricky. There are some common misperceptions about them. Take this simple quiz to test your knowledge and learn some interesting allergy facts.
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Types of Allergy Medicine

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There are so many different allergy medications to choose from. Find out what kind of treatments are available, and how each of them works to relieve your symptoms.
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  1. Antihistamines

    Antihistamines relieve your symptoms by blocking the action of histamine in your system. They come in pill, liquid and nasal spray form, over the counter or by prescription.

  2. Decongestants

    Decongestants help relieve nasal and sinus congestion by shrinking swollen membranes. They’re often combined with an antihistamine.

  3. Antihistamine Eye Drops

    Over 80% of people with allergies have itchy eyes. Antihistamine eye drops are designed to help relieve these annoying symptoms.

  4. Intranasal Corticosteroids

    Available by prescription, as a nasal spray, corticosteroids help to treat and prevent swelling of the nasal passages. They also relieve congestion and other nasal symptoms.

  5. Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

    A series of injections that are given by a healthcare professional over several years. Each contains a small amount of allergens to provoke an antibody response, reduce your sensitivity and increase your tolerance of the allergens.

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What is it With Allergies and Sneezing?

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One of the most common (and annoying) symptoms of allergies is the sneeze. Allergens can make you sneeze once, twice or even repeatedly. Here’s why:
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Allergies or Cold?

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Sneezing a lot? Feeling really awful? It could be allergies or a cold. It’s tricky, but to get the best relief you have to know which one you have. This simple quiz can help you decide, so you can get the treatment you need.
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How to Prevent Night-time Allergies

Tips and tricks to help you get a better nights sleep.
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<p>For those with nighttime allergies, a good night's sleep can be but a dream. Exposure to allergens in the bedroom can lead to some of the most severe allergy symptoms of the day. But a few preventive measures can help keep those nighttime allergy symptoms in check. </p> <p>One of the biggest causes of nighttime allergies is dust mites - microscopic, spider-like bugs that feed on exfoliated human skin cells. These critters can be found in mattresses, pillows, bed linens, carpets and upholstered furniture. Dust mites won’t bite you or harm you. But if they do trigger your allergies, you can take action reduce your exposure to them.</p> <p>First, put dust-mite-proof covers on all pillows, mattresses, and box springs. If you have severe nighttime allergies, replace old pillows and consider replacing an old mattress as well. Next, wash bed linens weekly, or more often if needed. And finally, vacuum carpets and rugs, and sweep floors regularly. But clean early in the day - kicking up mite-infested dust just before bedtime can make allergy symptoms worse. </p> <p>You should also declare the bedroom a pet-free zone - especially at night. Even if you're not allergic to dogs or cats, their fur can often carry pollen and mold spores which will wind up in the bedroom or worse - on the bed. So, when it’s bedtime, say goodnight to Rover and close the door. And close the window to prevent pollen, mold spores, and other allergens from breezing into the room. </p> <p>Following these tips can help you reduce the severity of symptoms tremendously so you can get a good night's sleep and wake up rested. </p> <p>Visit <a href="http://zyrtec.com" target="_blank">Zyrtec.com</a> for more tips and tools to manage your allergies.</p>
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