Managing Your Allergies

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As we know, living with an allergy can seriously affect the day to day tasks we have to undertake. Ever on the increase (a recent study suggested that 1 in 5 USA inhabitants currently suffer from some form of allergy) curing the problem is only possible in some cases, therefore the only thing that can be done is managing the allergy. Here we look highly recommended methods to help you live with your allergy and not let it take over your life completely.

What is an Allergy?

Allergic reactions happen when the body cannot cope with certain germs which then begin to attack the immune system, causing a potential threat. A common suggestion many medical professionals are making is that as our hygiene standard begin to improve, we are no longer exposed to potential threats which say, forty, fifty years ago we may have come in regular contact with, enabling our immune systems to fight the danger.

Spring Is In The Air

For many spring is a joyous occasion. The first time in the year where you are able to shake off the winter blues and begin to look forward to the coming summer months, for others though, this period can be a nightmare. Pollen allergies can bring out nasty symptoms such as nasal congestion, outbursts of sneezing and the dreaded itchy eye. As we know over the counter medical treatment can help stave off the onslaught of a pollen allergy, but what else can be done to fend off further problems? During the summer months many look to dry their clothing outside to save money on electricity bills, this is bad news though for those suffering with a pollen allergy. Through this process, pollen fragments can become embedded on clothing, leaving a very nasty surprise to those who are sufferers.

I Can’t Eat That

For those who have food allergies, it’s vital that everything you eat can be traced back to source to ensure nothing is within your meal which may have a detrimental effect on your health. The best way to manage a food allergy is by simply avoiding the foods which have an effect on you. As we know though certain foods can creep into our diet, in these cases treatments such as antihistamines, corticosteroids or epinephrine may be required to fight off any further danger.

Tell Others

A common problem for those who have intense forms of allergies is that they do not tell people. Family, friends and work colleagues should all be informed of your allergy in case of an emergency. If you don’t feel confident sharing such information, personalised medical alert jewellery is available which informs medical practitioners what you can and can’t be exposed to.

Zara Simmons is a community health officer working with families on how to lead a healthy and active life.

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