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Indoor Allergens (cont.)

Indoor Allergies Symptoms

The usual symptoms of indoor allergic reactions are those of many other allergic reactions:

  • Itchy, stuffy nose
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Itchy, watery, swollen, bloodshot eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy, swollen throat
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Reactions to animal allergens may be very mild or quite severe. Symptoms may occur immediately after exposure to the allergen, or they may build gradually for 8-12 hours after exposure or become persistent.

When to Seek Medical Care for Indoor Allergies

If the symptoms of the allergic reaction worsen or do not improve with removal of the allergen, call a physician. If you are having persistent nasal, eye, or chest symptoms, see your doctor. If your respiratory problems are severe (e.g., shortness of breath, difficulty breathing), go to the emergency department or seek care from your physician as soon as possible.

Exams and Tests for Indoor Allergens

Generally, your physician will be able to identify the problem by examining you and asking questions. Treatment can begin without further evaluation or testing.

Tests and x-ray films are not required except under unusual circumstances.

If you don't respond well to treatment or if there is any doubt about what is causing the reaction, an allergy specialist (allergist) can use skin tests that may identify the allergen. Many people find this worthwhile before going through elaborate procedures to remove allergens from their home or making the painful decision to get rid of a pet.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/21/2016
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