Triggers of allergies

Environmental triggers may be found indoors and outdoors and may be present during certain times of the year or year round. These triggers include, but are not limited to:

  • Tree Pollen: Seen beginning early Spring.
  • Grass Pollen: Seen in late Spring and early Summer.
  • Weed Pollen: Some are seen in late Spring and early Summer while most are seen late Summer and early Fall.
  • Mold and Mildew: Presents throughout the year with increased levels associated with damp weather and humidity. May also be seen indoors associated with damp or wet spaces, houseplants, leaks and flooding.
  • Animals: Not limited to cats and dogs, but also seen with all mammals and birds. Elevated levels may be found in homes, schools, and work places, even without animals present.
  • House Dust Mites: Seen in all environments and seasons. With elevated levels associated with increased temperatures and humidity. Greatest exposure is usually during sleep through mattresses, bedding and pillows. Increased levels also found in carpeted areas, heavy drapes, clutter and even stuffed animals.
  • Pests: Includes cockroaches, mites and rats. Most common in schools, workplaces, apartments and condominiums; these small amounts of allergens can effect anyone, even when the pest is unseen.

Other sources of environmental triggers include occupational exposure, feathers, tobacco smoke, fragrances, fireplaces, cleaning products and scented products including candles.

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