Airborne allergies

Airborne allergies are allergies to substances (allergens) that are floating in the air. This often refers to pollen allergies, but there are many other possible allergens in relation to air pollution or other airborne substances. Similar terminology includes respiratory allergies and seasonal allergies, and there are various other types of allergies ...

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Introduction: Airborne allergies

'Hay fever' is a term commonly used to describe allergic rhinitis when it is caused by seasonal exposure to pollen. Allergic rhinitis can also be caused by other exposures, and is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions. Source ...1

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Symptoms of Airborne allergies

When sneezing, runny nose, or itchy eyes suddenly appear, allergies may be to blame. Read more about airborne allergies. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Airborne allergies

Untreated allergies are associated with chronic conditions like sinus infections and asthma. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Airborne allergies

Allergies arise when the body’s immune system overreacts to substances, called allergens, that are normally harmless. When a person with allergies breathes in allergens—such as pollen, mold, pet dander, or dust mites—the resulting allergic reactions in the ...4

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Types of Airborne allergies

Common allergens Allergic rhinitis is triggered by breathing in tiny particles of allergens. The most common airborne allergens that cause rhinitis are described below. House dust mites House dust mites are tiny insects that feed on the dead flakes of ...5

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Diagnosis of Airborne allergies

Diagnosis: Testing for Allergies Knowing exactly what you are allergic to can help you lessen or prevent exposure and treat your reactions. There are several tests to pinpoint allergies:

  • Allergy skin tests—Allergy skin testing provides rapid results within a ...
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Treatments: Airborne allergies

Sometimes, avoiding allergens isn’t possible or isn’t enough. Untreated allergies are associated with chronic conditions like sinus infections and asthma. Over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants can often ease mild symptoms. Prescription medications and allergy shots ...6

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Prevention of Airborne allergies

Avoid allergens, such as pollen, house dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)7 ...

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Research for Airborne allergies

Seasonal Allergy Research at NIH: Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers: In 1971, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) established its Asthma and Allergic Diseases Centers to conduct basic and clinical research on the mechanisms, diagnosis ...8

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  1. Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: reports-statistics/ health-conditions-disability-deaths/ asthma-other-chronic-respiratory-conditions/ about
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jun2016
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jun2016/ feature2
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ allergic-rhinitis/ causes/ 
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jun2016/ feature2
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ oct2014/ feature2
  8. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg26-27.html

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