Allergy Symptom Threshold, Explained

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /

Did you know that most people with
allergies are sensitized to more than one thing? For many of us, symptoms only
show up when we’re exposed to a combination of these things called
allergens. This is what is known as the symptom threshold. Let’s say for example, that you’re sensitized to mold, animal dander, and pollen. You might be exposed to mold frequently, but never experience any noticeable symptoms. When you go to your grandma’s house, you might get a runny nose and sneeze around your dog. It isn’t until the spring when your third allergen, pollen fills the air, and you experience the most severe symptoms including red itchy eyes, a constant runny nose, and even sinus pain and tiredness. This is because the combined exposure to all these allergic triggers has pushed you past your symptom threshold, the point at which the symptoms start to show up. Some unpreventable non allergic triggers can also add to your load such as viruses.
This makes it all the more important to identify your allergic triggers, things
you may be able to control and use this knowledge to manage your symptoms. For example, if you can lower your exposure to mold year-round, you might not
experience a noticeable symptoms around your grandma’s dog. Likewise, if you can lower your exposure to mold and animal dander during pollen
season, or when you have a virus, you might be able to reduce or even
eliminate experiencing those symptoms. Ask your healthcare provider for a
specific IgE blood test, a simple and reliable way to help confirm your
allergic sensitizations. To learn more about the symptom threshold and getting
tested, visit

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