If you are waking up in the morning with watery, itchy eyes, the need to blow your nose, and a stuffy feeling that is not associated with a cold, you probably have a problem with seasonal allergies. If you are near animals and you stuff up and suddenly have all of the symptoms of a cold though you were fine just ten minutes ago, you probably have allergies. Some people have what they think is a cold only to discover a month later that the symptoms they are experiencing have not gone away. This too is a sign of allergies. There are many types of allergies and different ways to detect and treat them.
The types of allergies you get can be different, and they can come about at any point in your life. When you are a baby, you can develop what are called food allergies, though they can happen at any age. The most common types of food allergies for kids are peanuts and milk. The protein in these are what the allergy comes from and what you may have to avoid for the rest of your life. Most people allergic to peanuts can never eat them, but some babies with milk allergies outgrow them and have no problems with dairy from then on out.
Other types of allergies come from things like dust and pet dander. These too have proteins in them and they are what your body is reacting to. If you have a dust allergy, life can be pretty tough. It is almost impossible to get away from dust, so the trick is to make your home environment as dust free as possible with cleaning and hypoallergenic products for your bed and heating system. You can then take allergy medications for the times when you can not avoid dust.
Pet dander is not the fur of the animal, but rather the skin that comes off with it. That allergy is hard to fight too, and you may spend a lot of time popping medications if you have to be near pets. Someone can clean and clean and never get rid of pet dander if they are trying to make their a home a place you can come for a visit. Pet dander lingers in the air. As with dust mites, some types of allergies are just hard to get away from, with this being another. Pet allergies can come out of nowhere too, even if you have coexisted with them for years, you may suddenly develop an allergy for no obvious reason.
There are other types of allergies that are harder to define, like a latex allergy, but there is something that is common with all allergies. The body senses some type of protein that it deems to be a toxin, and it releases chemicals to fight it. You can only be allergic to things that have protein, which means there really is not such thing as someone being allergic to smoke. You can be, however, sensitive to it. Watery eyes and some symptoms that mimic an allergy can happen near smoke an other non-protein based substances, but that is not a true allergy.
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