5 of the Most Common New York Allergies
New York is home to various attractions, including an active nightlife and endless things to see and do. However, city pollution and wet weather also provide the perfect environment for common allergens to run rampant, much to the discomfort of New York allergy sufferers.
If you are suffering from excessive sneezing, coughing, and congestion this season, here’s a list of five of the most common New York allergies.
Tree Pollen Allergies
Due to the astounding volume of cars and other vehicles in the city, you are affected by a significant amount of pollution throughout your daily life. It has been shown that high carbon dioxide levels signal trees to increase pollen production, which becomes reflected through a spike in allergic symptoms such as sneezing and coughing. This increase in pollen production can reach up to four times greater than normal, wreaking havoc on your sinuses. The best thing to do would be to purchase an air purifier, and to consult your doctor for appropriate medication.
New York winters can be dazzling during the holidays, but the wet weather is a significant factor in the growth of mold. The proliferation of mold in old buildings can lead to coughing and congestion, and is a dangerous trigger for asthma patients.
Food allergies are among the most common forms of allergies, affecting more than 50 million Americans. Some of the most common triggers are peanuts, fish, eggs, wheat, and shrimp—all foods that you would easily find on the menu of any fancy New York restaurant. Fortunately, most chefs are happy to cater any dish to your dietary specifications, and there are plenty of different restaurants available that keep food sensitivities in mind.
Many New Yorkers may also experience skin allergy outbreaks while living in the city or on its outskirts. Different toxins in the air or in certain buildings (especially old ones) can irritate your skin by causing a rash or itchy patches to develop. Hives can also be a major issue. If you suffer from hives or skin rash outbreaks, contact your doctor and talk about what can be done to relieve your skin allergy symptoms.
Pet Dander Allergies
Your worst allergy trigger may actually be living with you. Pet dander allergies are common, and persist regardless of how often you bathe your fluffy friend. Dander can be a significant problem for those who are already susceptible to allergies, and can strain your relationship with your pet. However, medication is often very effective at managing dander allergy symptoms, so be sure to consult your doctor for a prescription.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Shukla
If your allergies are dampening your New York experience, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mayank Shukla today.