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Which Allergens Are You Fighting off This Spring?

Spring is in the air. Literally. And if you are one of the 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies, you’ve probably already gone through a few tissue boxes, nasal sprays and home remedies these past few weeks. While you may have gotten good at learning how to tend to your allergy symptoms, do you know exactly what is causing your constant runny nose or itchy eyes this season?

What causes spring allergies?

Usually, when you think of allergies, you think of spring. They just seem to go together, right? Well, it’s because just like the flowers are beginning to bloom, so are all the allergies. The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen; tiny grains released into the air by trees, grasses and weeds for the purpose of fertilizing other plants. When a person who is allergic to pollen breathes in the grains, their immune system sees the pollen as a foreign invader and releases antibodies to attack the allergen. This leads to the release of histamines in the blood which causes the runny, nose, itchy eyes, and congested head symptoms we are all too familiar with.

Some of the most common outdoor spring allergy offenders are:

Trees: including Alder, Ash, Aspen, Beech, Box Elder, Cedar, Cottonwood, Cypress, Elm, Hickory, Juniper, Maple, Mulberry, Oak, Olive, Palm, Pine, Poplar, Sycamore, and Willow.

Grasses and weeds: Bermuda, Fescue, Johnson, June, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Redtop, Saltgrass, Sweet Vernal and Timothy.

How do you find out which spring allergen is causing your symptoms?

Receiving a Regional Environmental Allergy Testing Panel can help you hone in and identify exactly which type of tree, grass or weed is causing you to be stuffy and congested during spring. This panel tests for allergies associated with 39 different grasses, weeds and trees. It also tests for possible indoor triggers including animal dander and house dust mites. Once you know which allergen is causing symptoms, you and your doctor can work together to design a treatment plan customized for your specific allergies. Enjoy the spring this year and contact your local Any Lab Test Now® to get started in Taking Control of Your Health®.

Bless You! National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America encourages you to get informed about asthma and allergies as the season is upon us. That’s why they’ve deemed May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

When spring arrives, the flowers bloom, the weather warms up and the sun comes out more! However, spring also means an overload of pollen, which makes a lot of people’s allergies act up.

Allergies become apparent when your body is exposed to something that it considers to be harmful and, as a result, creates antibodies to protect itself for the next exposure. The next time your body comes is exposed, histamines are released, causing those allergic reactions and symptoms that seem to come around spring time. Want to see where your city ranks in the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies? Check it out here.

It’s important to monitor your allergies, so check out all of the convenient allergy tests we offer and get yours tested in honor of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.