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Allergens

 

An allergen is defined as any substance, or antigen, that is recognized by the immune system which cause an allergic reaction.  Common allergens include Dust, Pollen, Mold, and Pet Dander but since there are hundreds of different allergens, it’s possible to become allergic to almost anything.

Antigens are most often eaten or inhaled.  When you take a breath through your nose, you bring these allergens into your body, but allergies and colds share many of the same symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing and/or congestion, headaches and fatigue.   For these reasons, allergies are often mistaken for a common cold and go undiagnosed which can lead to other health issues, such as sinus infections and asthma.  Allergies can also interfere with sleep patterns.

 

As with any health issue, you should consult with your doctor or healthcare professional.  We’ve outlined some signs below that can help differentiate between Allergies and Colds.

Allergies

  • Symptoms appear all at one time
  • May last for weeks or months
  • Mucus is thin and clear

Colds

  • Symptoms usually appear one at a time
  • Usually clear up within a week to ten days
  •  Mucus is thick and yellowish in color

Indoor allergies may occur any time of the year and are usually caused by substances like dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander.  These allergens can be difficult to manage, since they tend to exist in homes year-round.  And in the winter months when we spend more time indoors, household allergens can become even more troublesome.

Testing can help identify common indoor allergens including pollen, dust mites, mold spores, insect fragments, fibers such as those from fiberglass, and skin cells, and more.  So if you suffer from recurring symptoms, call Nevada Mold Testing today!

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