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Common Allergens in Knoxville

by in Medical Care April 18, 2019

Springtime is peak allergy season for many in our area. Knoxville is regularly listed in the top ten worst cities for Allergies in the United States, and when we have a dry and windy spring (as we’ve seen this year), the pollen really begins to fly!

At Apple Healthcare, we use a simple skin scratch test from Allergy 1 2 3 that tests for 58 allergens common in Knoxville.

Trees

According to Pollen.com, Oak and Maple are some of the most common tree pollens in our area. Just because you or your neighbors don’t have one of these trees doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Tree pollen can travel for miles in a strong wind, leaving you susceptible to an allergic reaction almost anywhere.

Tree pollens we test for include:

  • Pine
  • Oak
  • Red Alder
  • Birch
  • Hackberry
  • Willow
  • Cottonwood
  • White Ash
  • American Sycamore
  • Mulberry
  • Shagbark Hickory
  • Black Walnut
  • Boxelder/Maple
  • American Elm
  • Red Cedar
  • Pecan Tree
  • Olive Tree
  • Bald Cypress
  • Maple
  • Sweet Gum

Grasses/Weeds

Allergies don’t care what your lawn looks like. You could maintain your yard to golf-course level perfection, or simply have a patch of dirt and weeds that you mow periodically. Grass and weed pollens are there no matter how much you spend on landscaping!

Some grass and weed allergies we test for include:

  • Bermuda Grass
  • Johnson Grass
  • Kent Bluegrass
  • Orchard Grass
  • Ryegrass
  • Mead Fescue
  • Timothy Grass
  • Sweet Vernal
  • Red Top
  • Bahia
  • Marshelder
  • Mugwort
  • Dock/Sorrel Mix
  • Careless / Pigweed
  • Ragweed GS
  • English Plantain
  • Dog Fennel
  • Lamb’s Quarters
  • Nettle
  • Cocklebur

Animals

Whether it’s a family pet (like cats, dogs and horses) or an unwanted pest (like cockroaches and mites), some animals have the unfortunate ability to provoke intense allergic reactions.

You don’t have to re-home your furry friend just because they’re giving you the sneezes. With at-home immunotherapy treatment from Allergy 1 2 3, you can enjoy sniffle-free time with your pets. (If you have cockroaches, however, you may want to do both the shots AND call a pest control company!)

Some pet and pest allergies we test for are:

  • Dog
  • Guinea Pig
  • Cat (hair)
  • Cat (pelt)
  • Feather (mix)
  • Cattle
  • Horses
  • Mites
  • Cockroach

Fungi (And Molds)

If you aren’t a “fun guy” (or gal) during allergy season, your problem may be found growing in damp, dark places. Around 2-6% of the population has a fungus allergy, and some mold allergies (mold is a type of fungus) contribute to asthma and other very serious allergic reactions.

Some mold and other fungus allergies we test for include:

  • Alternaria tenuis
  • Apergillus fumigates
  • Hormodendrum
  • Helminthosporum
  • Penicillium Mix
  • Epicoccum nigrum
  • Botrytis cinerea

A Quick Test Can Tell You a Lot

Results from our allergy scratch test are available within minutes, and can give you a lot of information about allergens to avoid (if you can), and what course of treatment to take.

Even if you’ve had a scratch test before, it’s a good idea to have one done periodically, because allergies do change over time. Also, if you’ve recently moved, you may be exposed to a lot of new allergens that previous testing may not have covered.

Have questions? Want to schedule a test?

Call us today at 865-769-9685!

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