One Suncoast city just made the top 100 list of worst places to live if you suffer from allergies according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, so, just how bad is it?
Dr.Hugh Windom of Windom Allergy in Sarasota said, "Not only do you have the outdoor trees, grasses, and weed allergens, but there are indoor allergens, cat, dog, dust mites mold," These are some of Sarasota's year round culprits responsible for triggering sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes.
Dr. Fred Harvey of the Center for Integrative Medicine in Sarasota said, "In the Fall, ragweed is up everywhere so many people have ragweed allergies and they're going to experience them here in Sarasota"
If you're allergic your antibodies are just just waiting for triggers and this is how it happens said Dr.Windom, "They enter your nose, the mucous membranes of your nose the allergic reaction takes place and you start to sneeze.
We all have the chemical histamine in our cells, when its triggered by something you are allergic to you can take an antihistamine to block it. and here are some things that you can do at home.
Have a HEPA filter put into the house to reduce particulate levels in the house.
Check air conditioners for mold and dust frequently to reduce your allergy risk, but there are some things we cant escape on the Suncoast such as the sun, which triggers some people simply by walking outside.
You can always be tested, we can skin test you to see what you are allergic to, and, If you're allergic, here's what you can do about it
"People can try anti histamines over the counter, they work fine they're safe," Said Dr.Windom and if you want a remedy of the natural type there are choices.
Here are a couple of tips to help you figure out if you have an allergy and not just a common cold. If symptoms last more than two weeks. they haven't gotten much worse, but they're not improving. If you're sneezing and its accompanied by itchy eyes, nose and throat, the itchiness usually means its an allergy, and more than 75-percent of people with asthma are also cursed with allergies.