Do you suddenly have a hard time breathing through your nose after entering your house or scratching Fido’s ears? If you are experiencing congestion or a runny and itchy nose, allergies may be the root issue at hand.
If you believe you are experiencing pet and indoor allergies, meeting with a trusted allergy specialist is your best bet at controlling and eradicating the reactions. However, you can take specific steps to minimize risk and create an allergy-free environment within your own home.
It’s important to create a space that lowers your chances of experiencing an allergic reaction. For example, if you believe that you may be allergic to your dog, prevent Fido from entering your bedroom so you can have a peaceful sleep.
If you struggle with indoor allergies, there are a variety of steps you can take to curate a space that doesn’t trigger a reaction. Cleaning, lowering your home’s humidity, and minimizing contact with allergens are all quick and effective ways to reduce your exposure to indoor allergies. If you think you may struggle with dust mites, for example, use allergen-blocking bedding to encase pillows and mattresses.
A patch test is a completely non-invasive method to determine your specific indoor or pet allergen. Your provider will begin by adding a variety of substances to a small patch before placing it on your back or forearm. You’ll wear the patch for two days, then return to our office to check for bumps, swelling, and other skin reactions. The patch test will show your provider the exact allergen that is causing a reaction. With this information, your provider can customize an immunotherapy treatment plan so you can achieve long-lasting relief.