What Are Common Allergens?
By Head and Neck Associates of Orange County
May 24, 2017
Category: ENT Health
Tags: allergies  

Seasonal allergies can quickly turn a beautiful spring day into a miserable time. However, understanding the most common allergens allergiesand how they can affect you is important in being able to avoid them and, in turn, avoid an allergy attack. Learn more about common allergens and how they affect you with Head and Neck Associates of Orange County with locations in Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Irvine and Mission Viejo, CA.

Common Allergens

  • Grass and Tree Pollen: Often referred to as hay fever and known medically as allergic rhinitis, grass and tree pollen is a very common allergen which affects many people seasonally. Plants release pollen during their flowering seasons, normally in spring, though pollen can occur year-round.
  • Animals: Pet dander, which is simply the naturally-occurring dead skin cells sloughed off of an animal’s skin, is the most common cause of animal allergies. However, people can also experience an allergic reaction due to proteins found in an animal’s saliva or urine.
  • Dust: This common allergen affects people everywhere. An area does not necessarily need to be obviously dirty or dusty to trigger an allergic reaction.
  • Food: Food allergies affect millions of people worldwide and can range from mild reactions like an itchy throat to severe reactions like anaphylaxis.

Allergy Testing in Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Irvine and Mission Viejo, CA
If you suffer from allergic reactions but are unsure exactly what you are allergic to, your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you narrow down the causes of your reactions. An allergy test usually takes the form of a scratch test, where your doctor places various allergens onto the skin, then scratches it to allow it to enter the body. If the area reacts to the allergen, the patient is allergic. If no reaction occurs, the patient is not allergic.

For more information on allergies or their treatments, please contact Head and Neck Associates of Orange County with locations in Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Irvine and Mission Viejo, CA. To schedule an appointment at the most convenient location for you, call (949) 364-4361.

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