Posted on Aug 16, 2018 4:32pm PDT

Allergies affect millions of people across the United States every year. In order to protect yourself, it is important to determine what your allergies are caused by, and to take steps to avoid those triggers. There are 4 main causes of allergies that our team commonly treats.

The 4 main causes of allergies include:

  1. Animals. Animals, such as dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, and other furry creatures, can cause allergies. This is mainly due to pet dander. Pet dander is made up of dead skin and fur that is shed naturally from your pet. Any animal with fur or feathers can produce pet dander. This combination of fur and dead skin cells contains a protein that may cause an allergic reaction. Keeping your home clean and avoiding contact with furry animals can help you avoid these allergies.
  2. Food. Allergies can occur from consuming almost any type of food. Peanuts are the leading cause of food allergies, and can cause a severe and even life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Cow's milk and tree nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and almonds, also cause allergies among children and adults. Fish and shellfish, corn, soy, wheat, gelatin, seeds, spices, and certain meats can also cause allergic reactions. Reading ingredient labels carefully and avoiding foods that cause your allergies is important.
  3. Plants. Certain trees, flowers, and plants can also trigger allergic reactions. Plant pollen grains, especially those that are airborne, can cause irritation in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs if inhaled. Furthermore, tree pollen, grass and weed pollen, and even fungal spores can cause serious allergies. Keeping your indoor environment clean, replacing your air conditioner’s filter on a monthly basis, and avoiding outdoor activities on windy days or during certain seasons can help you avoid allergic reactions.
  4. Insect bites. Many types of insects can also cause allergies when they bite or sting a person. Bees, scorpions, wasps, fire ants, and hornets are common culprits of allergic reactions. Many people develop swelling or redness from insect bites, but some experience serious and even life-threatening allergic reactions. It is important to avoid going near known nests or hives where these insects live, and to wear protective clothing at all times when outdoors. It may also be a good idea to carry an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen®) with you in case you are bitten or stung.

Suffering from Allergies? Call the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia Today at (404) 994-3574.

It is important to understand what triggers your allergies, and to take steps to avoid these substances. At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, we provide treatments to patients suffering from a variety of allergies. We will help determine your allergy triggers, and provide practical tips for reducing your allergic reactions. Whether it is avoiding certain foods or sealing your home against outdoor pollen, we will help you seek a better quality of life. With our Georgia allergists, you can receive compassionate care and effective treatment options.

Contact our office today to book an appointment online. We offer same-day appointments for your convenience.