Don’t worry! There’s nothing offensive ahead…unless you find weeks of sneezing, sniffling and congestion offensive. We didn’t interview every one of them, but it’s a safe bet that most of the 50 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies would all agree that allergies are something they could do without!
Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. They’re big business too! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), the annual cost of allergies in America is in excess of 18 BILLION dollars. Save your sick days and your sneezes for another day. Any Lab Test Now can help you find out what triggers your seasonal allergies so you can fight the good fight…before you get KO’d.
The ACAAI says the most common seasonal allergy triggers are mold spores and pollen from trees, grass and weeds. And while you might think you know that pollen is causing your sufferings, other substances may be involved as well. The key here is to know the source of your suffering and stop it, and not just treat the symptoms. Any Lab Test Now can help you pinpoint your problems. One of these tests might help:
- Basic Allergy Panel – This is a simple blood draw that can look for the specific antibodies to hundreds of substances…using only one needle! It tests for allergies to 32 environmental substances and foods.
- Regional Environmental Panel – This panel tests for allergies to 39 grasses, weeds and trees, including bluegrass, fescue, ragweed, oak, willow and sycamore. It also tests for allergies to animal dander and dust mites…all with a single blood draw.
Any Lab Test Now also offers the Comprehensive Combination Panel which tests for potential allergic reactions to more than 130 common substances. Check with the experts at your local Any Lab Test Now location to decide which test works best for you. And remember: gone are the days when allergy testing meant hundreds of needle pricks. All of the seasonal allergy testing done by Any Lab Test Now is done by a blood test, which means one simple blood draw can test for sensitivity to a wide variety of possible allergens.
With results in hand, a trip to your doctor or allergist should be your next step. What can you do in the meantime? The ACAAI has some tips:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts. There are any number of apps that can help make this easier than ever.
- Keep your windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season.
- Stay inside during peak pollen hours.
- If you must be outside, wear a filter mask.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outside.
Seasonal allergies don’t have to be totally miserable. Check out your local Any Lab Test Now location before your triggers take you out.