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There are many different types of allergies out there, and yet allergy symptoms are often similar no matter what you're allergic to. It doesn't matter if it's pollens or peanuts, mold or milk, if your allergies are in the spring, summer, fall, winter, or all year long -- you need to know what your allergy symptoms are so you can receive allergy treatment if necessary.
seasonal allergies: the cause of itchy eyes, congestion, and more
Seasonal allergies are a concern for many people in North and South Carolina. In the summer, grass and tree pollen allergies are common. In the fall, ragweed and pigweed are predominant, and grass counts are still high from the summer. Winters in this region are notable for mold and dust allergies. Mold often grows in damp, moist areas. Dust allergies become common when we close up our homes and the heat kicks dust up.
Symptoms are often similar whether you are allergic to mold, dust, or pollen. An allergy test can help determine the appropriate course of treatment.
Mild allergy symptoms can include:
- Itchy, watery eyes
Moderate allergy symptoms can include:
- Difficulty breathing
Serious allergy symptoms, often resulting from anaphylaxis, include:
- Itchiness of the eyes or face
- Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Mental confusion, anxiety or loss of consciousness
If you or your child are prone to anaphylaxis, you should have a plan in place in case a severe allergic reaction occurs. The primary treatment for anaphylaxis is epinephrine (adrenaline).
Nearly every year, Charlotte is ranked as one of the worst cities in the nation for allergies. Fortunately, CEENTA has offices across North and South Carolina, with extended hours in Belmont, Huntersville, and Mooresville, making premier allergy testing convenient to you. While we do not treat food allergies or gluten allergies, we do treat pollen, mold, and dust mites. We know it can be difficult to avoid allergens completely, but you can rest easy knowing our trained Charlotte allergists can provide allergy testing after determining what you are allergic to.