Allergies (2): Managing Symptoms

If you sneeze, cough, or feel miserable, you may, then, be suffering from seasonal allergies.  These symptoms may be worse during spring and fall.

As for managing your seasonal allergy symptoms, there are several important steps that you will want to take, as recommended by health professionals. These steps are outlined below for convenience.

  • First, you should know which factors trigger your allergies. When you experience a stuffy and runny nose, a cough, or chest congestion, there is likely something that triggers these symptoms. In most cases, the cause is pollen as well as mold
  • Second, and after identifying your allergy-triggering factors, you should seek the proper treatment.  Although some individuals are able to manage their symptoms on their own, many others seek relief from medications and prefer to visit a doctor, especially if their seasonal allergy symptoms cause them pain or discomfort.  As previously stated, your doctor may prescribe allergy relief medication to you, especially if he or she thinks that your allergy symptoms are severe enough.

If you decide to seek relief from your seasonal allergies without the consultation of a doctor, but still with medication, you will likely resort to over-the-counter products.  But before using any product, make sure to read all information that is provided to you, including all warning labels. Some over-the-counter medications can have side effects or react with others. If you want to make sure that the product you will be trying is safe and will produce results, you can contact a pharmacist or other people who suffer from seasonal allergies. or you can do some online reading about the issue.

In addition to the steps above mentioned, related to the use of some types of medicine, you should know a lot of people are capable of seeking relief from their seasonal allergies with natural remedies by taking small and easy steps.  For example, The Weather Channels are known for outlining high pollen counts in certain areas. They often do so on their website and live broadcasts.  If high levels of pollen exist in your area, it may be wise to a protective mask or stay indoors. 

Another tip that many individuals may ignore is checking their pets.  Long-haired cats and dogs can get pollen and ragweed stuck on their hair, which can later result in making their way into your home.

As highlighted above, there are many steps that you can take to seek relief from your allergy symptoms. The good news is that it is easy to implement most of these steps.

Skin Allergies

Skin allergies are, unfortunately, some of the allergies that are uncomfortable to cope with, for the rashes that lots of people develop can be not only unattractive but itchy and painful as well.

So how to seek relief from skin allergies can be one of the most frequent questions asked by those who suffer from these types of allergies. There are several steps that one can steps that can take. Determining what causes such an allergic reaction can be one of those steps.  For instance, do you get infected by a rash immediately after doing yard work? If that is the case, then it is possible that you suffer from seasonal allergies. Do you get a rash after hugging a pet? If so, you may have pet allergies, and so on.

If you do not already know what is impacting your skin causing it to have an allergic reaction, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor. If you have health insurance, it is advisable to make an appointment. It is noticeable that a lot of people do not know what exactly causes their allergic reaction, and they get surprised when they discover the true factors. Other people may get more surprised

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when they learn that the factors that trigger their allergic reactions are so numerous and exist in certain foods and chemicals which we find in household products, such as laundry detergents.

One of the reasons why you should see a doctor is that because he can help you determine what you are allergic to. Of course, you can try your own experiments at home, but you have to proceed with caution. This is important if you notice that your

      allergic symptoms become more severe and you may think that the cause of your skin rash is food. This is why it is recommended not to perform your own allergy tests at home, or do them with the companionship of another person.

When you determine the causes of your skin’s allergic reaction, you can start seeking relief in the over-the-counter allergy medications. You can also try some creams that can remove hives and itching. You should speak to a pharmacist to ask for information about any over-the-counter allergy relief product if you do not want to visit a doctor.

it is also important to know, as stated previously, that you can seek relief without using over-the-counter products. For instance, when we mix oatmeal with one cup of boiling water, cool and then strain them that can provide relief to those who develop hives if we dab the water that we have extracted from the oatmeal on the skin. Also, it is possible to decrease your skin reactions by decreasing the trigger factors. You can, for example, decide not to touch a pet without having gloves on. But if you want to get better results, it is recommended to keep your pets out of your bedroom and invest in air purifiers.

Food Allergies

Generally speaking, you can conclude that you are suffering from a food allergy if you develop hives or find it difficult to breathe after eating a particular food. 

But to make sure whether you are suffering from a food allergy or not, you have to visit your healthcare provider. There you will undergo tests or trials to determine which food or foods you are allergic to, if any.  

Also, it will be a good idea to visit a doctor if you think you have a food allergy. If your doctor determines that you have one, he will provide you with information and tips on making a lifestyle change, which may include eliminating the food or foods that are causing your problems. Medication may also be given.

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Hives, as previously stated,  are a good indication that you may be suffering from a food allergy. In fact, hives are one of the most common symptoms experienced by those who suffer from a food allergy. Hives are easy to notice and spot. If you develop hives, just use oatmeal to treat them. This is a  great home remedy that involves taking a cup of boiling water and pouring it over oatmeal. Let them cool for a few minutes, then dab on the hives with a cotton ball or cloth. Although this home remedy will help with your hives, it is still important for you to determine which foods are causing them.                                                                                 

  • Swelling of the tongue and throat are two other common symptoms of a food allergy.  Unfortunately, these symptoms can lead to breathing difficulties. If you ever experience these symptoms, try to seek medical attention right away. If you have never experienced a food allergy this can be important for you, as you may not have the necessary medicines on hand.                                                                                                                               
  • Anaphylaxis is another symptom of food allergy. It is a serious allergic reaction whose symptoms develop rapidly and can cause death. It is characterized by loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, throat or tongue swelling, lightheadedness, skin rash, a drop in blood pressure, and severe shortness of breath. Those who suffer from food allergies, always feel lightheaded. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention as soon as possible and before your symptoms escalate. In fact, death can be the result of improper medical attention and care. That is why it is important to seek medical attention the moment that you suspect you have a food allergy.

Treating Symptoms Of Food Allergies

Once you suspect that you have a food allergy, try to seek relief or tips on how to manage your symptoms. 

  • The first step is to determine what you are allergic to with the help of a healthcare provider, who may do the following tests: 
Blood Tests

Blood tests which measure the levels of IgE antibodies to specific allergens in the immune system.

Skin pick tests in which the skin is picked with a small number of possible allergens. 

Patch tests in which a doctor checks for a skin reaction to a metal disc with a small number of suspected allergens that he taped to a patient’s back.

Sometimes these tests involve eating certain foods to see how you react to them. If you show a full allergic reaction or break out in hives you will now know what food or foods you are allergic to. 

Your healthcare provider may also advise you on how to do them at home. 

If you try your own tests at home, make sure that you don’t do so alone. It is recommended to have someone with you who can seek medical help if you get a severe allergic reaction.

  • The second step, and once a diagnosis has been made, as to what food or foods you are allergic to, is to immediately eliminate the food or foods that you are allergic to from your diet. This is extremely important as some food allergies tend to be more severe than others. For example, while those who suffer from peanut allergies can die if medication isn’t administered immediately, or if medical attention isn’t quickly sought, those with pet allergies can decrease the symptoms by simply limit their exposure to pets. 

It is so important to note that there is hope for recovery, at least partially. This can be achieved by adopting a food substitution strategy.  For example, if you suffer from a pet milk allergy or a wheat allergy, there are many alternatives that you can use.  In fact, most foods have at least one substitute that you can eat. For grains, you can use rice flour or cornflour. If you don’t like their taste, just be patient, as you will soon get used to them If can’t, just look for more information about food substitutes online.  You can even buy cookbooks or manuals that are designed for those who suffer from allergies.

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