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...
Always read labels. In the U.S., "soy" must be listed on the label if it’s in a food.
Be careful about eating at Asian restaurants. Even if you order a soy-free dish, you could still be exposed because the ingredient is used so often in Asian cooking. A cook might use the same utensil on soy and non-soy dishes. Explain that you need to be sure your food doesn’t touch soy in any way.
Ask your doctor about soy oil and lecithin. Most people with soy allergies can handle soy oil. The same goes for soy lecithin, which is often used in chocolate candy, peanut butter, and margarine. Your doctor or an allergist can help you figure out if they’re OK for you.