There are allergens confronted in everyday life that will have no effect whatsoever on those who encounter them. However, since the environment can change – sometimes with little or no notice by the average person – allergic reactions may be missed, or believed to be something else.

For instance, a leaky pipe in a basement that goes unnoticed may be adding mold spores to the air that will be spread through the entire house by the heating and air conditioning system. The increased spores can be causing an allergic reaction that may be misdiagnosed by the sufferer as just a cold.

Another allergen – pollen – can wreak havoc on many people who assume that since they were not hay fever sufferers in childhood, they couldn’t be suffering from it at their present age. That assumption is erroneous as there have been a noticeable increase in adults experiencing allergies for the first time – even adults in their seventies.

Five most common allergies

Pollen: This is the most common allergen that creates very strong immune responses to those with an allergy to it. The red, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and post nasal drip are all signs that may be dismissed as a cold. If these symptoms persist for more than ten days or so, it is more likely that an allergy has developed.

Pet dander: Allergic reactions to pets is caused by a person’s reaction to protein in saliva and oil glands of the animal. Some can deal with it, but others have to forgo ever having a pet.

Grass: Blades of grass hold onto a lot of pollen and also have some small barbs that can interact with a person’s breathing when mowing the lawn – or even just passing by a freshly mowed lawn.

Dust Mites: These microscopic organisms eat flakes of dead skin that they find in dust and furniture. The person inhaling these along with the dust can have an allergic reaction to the mites and not the dust.

Mold: Mold is spread by spores that are impossible to see, but the person allergic to these spores have an indication when they are around. Damp spaces in the kitchen or bathroom, where unseen leaks may be lurking behind walls or in cabinets, allow the growth of mold.

Thankfully, these offending substances and organisms can be combatted by some fairly simple actions. Keeping dust and pet dander under control by meticulous cleaning can help. A better filtration system in the home’s heater and air conditioner can keep pollen – and even mold spores – in check. Not keeping windows open during high pollen count days is another simple but effective way to relieve these symptoms.

A visit to an experienced doctor is another way to help win the war that the body is waging against these harmful substances. Dr. Joshua Light in Boynton Beach has been helping those affected by all kinds of allergies for many years, and the first step – an allergy test – can be performed right in his office. Contact Dr. Light today to see if you have an allergy, and get on the path to relief.