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    9 FAQs About Allergy Relief


    5. How do I avoid things that trigger my symptoms?

    Get rid of those things at home and work. Look for possible triggers like pet dander, dust mites, cold air (from an air conditioning vent or ceiling fan), cigarette smoke, perfume or other scented products, and aerosols. Pay attention to pollen counts, too.

    If you have both allergies and asthma, use an air filtration system at home.

    6. What's the difference between an allergy and an allergen?

    The allergen is the thing you’re allergic to. With an allergy, you may sneeze, cough, wheeze, itch, or have a skin rash.

    7. What are some common allergens?

    The ones that cause most trouble are:

    8. What if I have symptoms just a few weeks a year?

    You probably have seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever. Blame trees in the spring, grasses in summer, or weeds in the early fall. Outdoor mold also can cause it, too.

    9. Both my partner and I have allergy symptoms all the time. Will our baby have allergies, too?

    It’s more likely. If one parent has allergies, the child has a 50% chance of having them. If both parents have allergies, the odds are higher. But it’s not just from Mom and Dad. Respiratory infections, air pollution, diet, and even personality may play a role.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on May 02, 2016
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