Do You Have Allergies?


Recent statistics show that 30% of adults, and up to 40% of children in the U.S. suffer from some form of allergy. Allergy symptoms are responsible for more visits to the doctor’s office than any other disease in this country. Texas has been voted to be one of the worst areas to live in the United States for person with allergies. People who have had no previous problems with allergies often develop symptoms upon moving to the metroplex.

Allergic symptoms frequently include congestion, itchy nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, recurrent ear infections, and itchy watery eyes. Hives and itching skin can also be caused by allergies. Additional symptoms might include headaches, hyperactivity in children, fatigue and depression.

The Kotsanis Institute has written a questionnaire to help determine if you have an allergy.

Dust allergy:

Improved outdoors
Increase in symptoms 30 minutes after going to bed
Symptoms recur or increase with return of cold weather
Nasal symptoms with little or no itching of eyes?
Worse in air conditioning?
Symptoms increase or occur while dusting or sweeping?

Mold Allergy:

Symptoms are worse outdoors 4:30-8:30
Symptoms are worse in damp places
Nasal symptoms increase while mowing grass, raking leaves, or playing on lawn
Symptoms increase around October 1

Pollen Allergy:

Runny nose, sneezing, or eye itching
Symptoms are worse on clear days
Worse outdoors 1-11:00 am
Improved in air conditioning


Do you react to dogs, cats, or any other animals?

Food Allergy:

Are you currently on any diet? (i.e. rotation, diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, weight control, low cholesterol)
Are you sleepy after meals?
Do you have any itching?
Do you get hives?
Do you get canker sores?
Do you have foul breath odor?
Are you bothered by gas, stomach aches, nausea, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea?
Do you retaste foods after you have eaten?
Do you crave any particular foods?

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If you selected  three or more of these questions, please contact the Kotsanis Institute to determine if allergy testing would be beneficial to you. Also, look out for our tips for a healthier home.

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