Environmental Allergies are basically allergies to triggers (things that cause reactions) in an environment.
In my work, I broaden this definition out to include sensitivities as well.
Commonly recognised triggers/allergens are pollens, exhaust fumes, grasses and dust mite.
However, these are the ones that are widely recognised. There are many other triggers/allergens in our environment, and all have different reactions or symptoms in different people.
Environmental triggers/allergens include, but are not limited to:
- dust and dust mite
- dander (animal fur)
- exhaust fumes
- perfumes and aftershaves
- air fresheners
- laundry products
- essential oils
- cleaning products
The list is endless, really.
Symptoms can range from hayfever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, asthma, anaphylaxis, hives and welts, rashes, vertigo and dizziness, headaches, vague/brain fog and so on.
This area is not well-understood, and treatments will vary considerably depending upon who you ask.
My advice would be: if you feel that you are reacting to something, seach for the answer and for the help that you need.
Number 1 is to avoid the allergen/trigger - so identifying it is key.
Hope this helps.
Feel free to contact me if you require more information.
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