Once you’ve got a diagnosis based on allergy testing and a review of your medical history, you’ll know precisely what your triggers are. Knowing what you are allergic to means you’re better equipped to manage your allergy symptoms.
As an example, if you’re allergic to pollen, you can check the specific pollen levels and plan your day accordingly. You’ll also be able to identify which part of the pollen season is likely to be worst for you, so you can take steps to manage your allergy before the season begins.
Some allergic reactions may also become more understandable to you once you know what you are allergic to. For example, if you’re allergic to ragweed pollen, you may experience a cross-reaction to certain foods like cantaloupes, honeydew melons, watermelon, banana, cucumber, white potato and zucchini.
Or if you’re allergic to molds or dust mites, you can focus on controlling the humidity and taking measures to reduce mold or mite levels in your home.
Similarly, if you’re allergic to pet dander there are precautions you can take to minimize this substance in the air you breathe.
And most importantly, you’ll be able to discuss your treatment options with your doctor or allergist and make decisions that are right for you.