14 November 2017 0 Comments Posted By : Administrator

6 Common Allergies and How to Manage Them

Allergies getting you down? There’s likely a common cause to the allergy symptoms you are experiencing, and once you know what’s causing them you can take steps to manage them so that you can get on with your life and stop sneezing so much.

Extreme allergic reactions may require using an epipen to stop the most immediate symptoms, so getting an allergy test from your doctor may be a good idea if you’ve been experiencing problems. For mild cases that are more annoying than life-threatening there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms and manage the allergy so it’s not bothersome anymore.

1 - Pollen

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies it’s most likely pollen that’s doing the damage. There are times of the year where pollen counts are at their highest and a correlation is seen with allergy sufferers getting the brunt of it. Luckily there are rather effective allergy medications that can reduce symptoms to a minimum and sometimes even eliminate them entirely.

2 -Dust Mites

If you've been told you’re allergic to dust, it's actually dust mites that are causing the problem. This can be a tricky allergy to solve because these creatures can thrive in common areas, even places where it’s not very dusty at all. Trickier still is that a thorough cleaning can actually cause symptoms to get worse as dust is kicked into the air.

3 - Mould

Another top allergen is mold, and this one is most common from July into the fall. And because indoor mould can grow anywhere, especially indoors, it’s something that can cause problems year round. The best way to manage it is to avoid coming into contact with it, but this is easier said than done.
Over-the-counter medications with antihistamines can often be all that’s needed for mild cases.

4 - Cats and Dogs

Our beloved furry friends can be the source of allergic reactions, and oftentimes it’s easy to figure out which pet is causing the problem. It’s the dander from these pets that’s the culprit, and keeping things perfectly clean is not always possible since they tend to roam all over the house and want continual snuggles.
Although avoidance is the best policy, it kind of defeats the purpose of having a pet, which is why many pet owners turn to antihistamines, and there’s even a procedure than can desensitize you to pet dander.

5 - Insect Bites

Insect bites can often cause allergic reactions, and many of these can be severe. Often these bites and stings can’t be avoided and fortunately are a rare occurrence. For mild reactions you can use an antihistamine, but for severe reactions, such as to a bee sting, an epipen may be required and immediate medical attention should follow.

6 - Food

If you have unexplainable allergic reactions and you’ve crossed everything else off the list it may be a food allergy that's causing the problem. Some of the most common food allergies include dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat, shellfish, nightshade vegetables, and soy. An elimination diet can help determine the specific food or food group that’s to blame.

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