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Allergy To Mold, Dander, Dust

Overview

Allergies are the body’s exaggerated response to certain substances also known as allergens. The body’s response is considered exaggerated because these substances do not affect most of the people in the same way. Allergens in the air generally affect the skin, eyes or the nasal passage.

Things that can trigger allergies very easily are:

Mold spores are very common substances and can be found all long the year. Mold spores are inhabited in places that are damp like basements, washrooms and bathrooms. Other products like clothes, stuffed animals, rugs, books and wallpapers can be full of spores if they are kept in damp places. Outside, mold can be found in the soil, damp vegetation and in compost

Another substance that people might be allergic to are the animals, their fur or the skin scales that animal shed.  Cat saliva and dog saliva are also known to cause allergic reactions in people

House dust is full of substances like pollen, tiny fibers from fabrics, insect mites and detergents. Dust mites are found in the largest quantity in bedding, mattresses, and box springs.

Other things that might act as allergens are smoke, fumes, powder and laundry detergents.


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Causes
Signs & Symptoms

sneezing, itching, hives, difficulty in breathing, coughing, running nose, rashes, sinus pressure, wheezing and tearing eyes.

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Prevention

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Treatments
Avoidance Modern Medicine

There is a three point approach to treatment which includes avoidance to allergens, medication to relieve the person from the allergy and last if the allergy doesn’t come in control take allergy shots.

First step should be to take care and avoid substances that cause allergies from wearing masks in the pollen season, avoiding food substance.


 

Medication Modern Medicine

Second step is taking a permutation and combination of medication as prescribed and advised by the doctor. These include Steroid nasal sprays like fluticonase (Flonase), triamcinolone (Nasocort), mometasone (Nasonex) and beclomethasone (Beconase, Vancenase), Decongestants like phenylephrine (Vicks Sinex) and oxymetazoline (Afrin), Antihistamines like cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), chlorpheniramine maleate (Chlor-Trimeton, Coricidin), diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and clemastine (Tavist).

Immunotherapy Modern Medicine

Third Step is the Immunotherapy which entails the injections of allergen substances to "desensitize" the person. Immunotherapy is only prescribed when contact with allergens is unavoidable.

In some cases the allergies may go with passage of time as the body becomes sensitive to the allergens.

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