You come home after a day away, step into the house, and the symptoms hit: Watery eyes, scratchy throat, congestion. Could it be indoor allergies?
Allergies are very common. An estimated 50 million Americans are allergic to everything from dust and dander, to mold and mites.
But what about you? How can you be sure you have indoor allergies -- and pinpoint what’s causing them? To help you understand what’s behind your allergy symptoms, WebMD got tips from experts on how to recognize common allergy...
Bronchitis. An inflammation of the lung's airways. Symptoms include a persistent cough and phlegm. Bronchitis is usually seen in smokers and in places with high pollution.
Contact dermatitis. An allergic reaction that occurs after skin comes in contact with an allergen such as poison ivy, washing powders, perfumes, or other irritants.
Dander. Small pieces of skin shed by an animal, similar to human dandruff. Proteins found in dander are the major causes of pet allergies.
Decongestants. Medications that shrink swollen nasal membranes, decreasing congestion and mucus, and making it easier to breathe.
Eczema. Chronic inflammation that causes a skin rash. Eczema may be a reaction to an allergen. Symptoms include itching, crusting, blisters, and scaling. Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that worsens after exposure to an allergen.