Friday, 26 December 2014

How to Manage and Prevent Allergies?

Several people are suffering from different types of allergies all over the world.  In America alone, more than 50 million people have allergic reactions against different substances.  According to a study made in UK, one in four people suffers from some types of allergy at some period of their life.

Allergy is the hostile reaction of the body to some unidentified foreign substance in the environment or that enters into your body through food or by outside contact.  Most of these substances are actually harmless, but because of some unknown reason your body (immune system) declares war against it, resulting in allergic reactions.

Foods, tree pollen, grass, dust, animal dander etc. are the common triggers for the allergic reactions.  Body considers these substances as a threat to the health and uses its all fighting mechanisms available, to protect the body from negative effects.  Body’s immune system will produce antibodies to fight against these unidentified substances.  Usual symptoms of an allergy are sneezing, wheezing, skin rashes, swelling and itchy eyes.

Managing Allergies

Allergy can be managed by taking medicines for immediate relief from the symptoms and by avoiding future contacts with the substances that may trigger allergy.  If the allergy is caused by some food item, you have to avoid that food completely; the allergic reactions will return if you come into contact with a very small amount of the food to which you are allergic.  Identification of the triggers is the main key in the management of allergies.

Continuous use of drugs to get relief from allergic reactions is not advisable.  After getting relief from the symptoms, the patient may stop taking medicines and avoid future contact with the allergic substances.  If food is the problem, avoid such foods and if the triggers are from the surrounding environment, environmental control should be administered to get permanent relief from allergy.  Some of the common environmental causes of allergy are:
  • Some medicines such as aspirin, eye drops etc.
  • Gas stoves using in the kitchen.
  • Dried or processed foods.
  • Cigarette smoke (primary or secondary).
With the help of your doctor, try to understand about the exact triggers that are causing you allergy.  Do all possible efforts to avoid future contacts with any of these substances.

Allergy Prevention

By taking some earlier precautions, you can avoid allergic reactions.  For this you have to be careful and should follow the guidelines below:
  • Keep pets outside, do not allow them to sleep or play in your bedroom.
  • If you are using air-conditioners, clean air filters and air ducts at least once a year. 
  • Do not keep wet cloths in the washing machine or in the room, always hang them out and dry.
  • Avoid smoking habit and do not allow others to smoke in your house.
  • Remove all the carpets from your house.
  • Use exhaust fans in kitchen to remove cooking fumes.
  • Use mask and gloves when engaging in cleaning or vacuuming.
  • Remove or limit the use of indoor plants in the house.

Watch a video below by Cassandra Bankson, DiamondsAndHeels14 about Allergies:

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