Allergy sufferers report a variety of symptoms, including:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Dark under-eye circles
An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system produces antibodies to fight an allergen, even though that allergen in itself is not a threat. The most common environmental allergens are pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, and cockroaches.
Pollen, a fine yellow powder, travels through the air thanks to the wind, insects, and other animals. Typically, spring brings tree pollen, late spring and early summer feature abundant grass pollen, and fall sees ragweed and other weeds. Many Central Texas residents also battle cedar fever (an allergic reaction to mountain cedar trees) December through March.
Dust mites cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are microscopic bugs that live in carpet, bedding, upholstery, stuffed toys, and bedding. Dust mites thrive in warm, human conditions, so this allergy may flare up most often in spring and summer but can cause problems year-round.
While exposure to animal saliva and urine can sometimes cause allergic reactions, pet dander (dead skin cells) is the most common source of pet allergies.
Molds live outdoors and in moist indoor environments. The spores float through the air like pollen, with outdoor levels peaking in late summer in Central Texas.
Cockroach droppings, saliva, and waste can trigger allergic reactions in some people.
Diagnosis & Treatment Options
Greater Austin Allergy knows you deserve to live a life free of environmental allergies. Our physicians have many years of experience and training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. We will talk over your medical history and symptoms, and then move forward with testing. Depending on your individual situation, testing may include a skin prick test, an intradermal test, and/or a blood test.
Once we pinpoint the source of your allergies, we will tailor a treatment plan specifically for you. In addition to medication and lifestyle recommendations, we can discuss immunotherapy options. Greater Austin Allergy offers sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). For your convenience, our allergy shots can be scheduled using a personalized Cluster Immunotherapy plan that provides faster results than a traditional schedule. Both allergy shots and drops can help decrease your body’s immune response to allergens and lessen symptoms.
Schedule an appointment today so we can ease the burden of your environmental allergies and get you back to a healthy, productive life.
Environmental Allergies Facts
Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Studies show that children with a cockroach allergy who are exposed to them go to the hospital for asthma more often than other children with asthma.
Source: American Lung Association
Roughly twice as many people report allergies to cats compared to dogs.
Source: Everyday Health
As many as 10% of Americans are sensitive to dust mites.