The Most Common Environmental Allergens

allergenMillions of people suffer from allergies every day. They can give a person trouble from childhood through adulthood, or they can be brought suddenly at any age. One in five Americans suffer from allergies and the problem seems to be increasing. Many researchers claim the increase is due to a combination of a climate and environmental change, and how the human being responds to both the climate and environment.

What Are The Common Types Of Allergies?
• Weeds

Most people experience an allergic reaction to weeds in the late summer or early fall, specifically to ragweed. There are 17 different species of ragweed and they can be found in nearly every region of the United States. Other common weed allergens include sagebrush, pigweed, and goosefoot pollen.

• Molds
Another common allergen, molds are microscopic plants that reproduce by sending tiny spores into the air. Unfortunately, mold can hang around in your house year-round and thrive in areas that are dark, warm, and moist.

• Dust Mites
These small, eight-legged creatures belong in the same family as spiders, chiggers, and ticks. They prefer to live in warm, humid places and are oftentimes found in carpets, upholstered furniture, bedding, clothes, soft toys, and pets.

• Grasses
Many people are allergic to a wide variety of grasses, including timothy grass, Bermuda grass, sweet vernal, red top, and even blue grass. Grasses usually stir up allergy symptoms once trees are done pollinating, so in the late spring to early summer.

• Pollen
Pollen is produced from trees and is a dust-like particle that causes allergies in millions.

Schedule An Appointment
If you are one of the millions who suffers from allergies year after year, contact our office to schedule an appointment for an allergy test. From allergy shots to allergy drops or over-the-counter medication, there are numerous treatment options for those suffering from allergies. For more information on allergies, contact Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield today at 203-259-4700.