Environmental allergen proteins released into the air are the main cause of symptoms associated with environmental allergies. Both indoor and outdoor environmental allergies occur as a result of a person’s oversensitivity to a particular excreted allergen protein and the natural irritant triggers a symptomatic response in the body.Â
Indoor Environmental Allergies
The following are the most common allergens that trigger symptoms associated with indoor environmental allergies:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Allergies (dogs, cats, horses)
- Fabric (polyester, formaldehyde)
Indoor environmental allergies may present as an array of symptoms that could also be caused by other non-allergy-associated triggers (common cold, flu, etc.).Â
The most common symptoms associated with indoor environmental allergies:Â
- Nasal Congestion/Runny Nose
- Watery, Itchy, or Red Eye(s)
- Sore Throat
If you experience temporary allergy-related symptoms in conjunction with a fever, chills, sore throat, or muscle aches, you are likely suffering from a cold or the seasonal flu, not environmental allergies. Environmental allergies last much longer (seasonally or year-round) than a cold or virus (may last up to a week or two).
Outdoor allergies can last seasonally or year-round, depending on a personâ€™s degree of hypersensitivity to proteins associated with outdoor allergens. The best in class Nassau County based Allergy & Asthma Center of Long Island treats individuals suffering from symptoms associated with outdoor environmental allergies.
Common outdoor allergens include:
- Pollen (primarily Birch Pollen)Â
Environmental Allergy Treatment
- Medication: One of our best in class board certified immunologists may recommend over the counter or prescription medication to treat your symptoms associated with environmental allergies. Depending on the onset and duration of symptoms, your immunologist may prescribe antibiotics, over the counter antihistamines (nasal spray or tablets), or steroid cream (topical) to treat your environmental allergies. These medications are known to greatly reduce symptoms associated with environmental airborne allergens.Â
- Immunotherapy: This virtually pain free method may come in the form of allergy drops (placed under the tongue) or injections in order to gradually build up immune resistance to a particular environmental allergen. Treatment length is dependent upon the severity of symptoms and allergen type.Â
The sooner you schedule an appointment, the sooner you can experience relief!
Allergy & Asthma Center of Long Island
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Great Neck, NY 11021