What is Allergy?
An allergy, or allergic reaction, is a heightened sensitivity to a strange element (called an allergen) that creates the physical body’s protection system (the immune system) to overreact when protecting itself.
Normally, the immune system would just react if a damaging substance, such as microorganisms, strikes the body. For people with allergies, their immune system are working as well hard and react also when relatively harmless substances, such as pollen, exist. The intensity of an allergic reaction could vary from mild discomfort to life threatening circumstances.
Allergens could promote an immune response when you breathe in or touch the allergen, or by intake of food or beverage, or from treatments of medicine.
Usual allergic reactions feature eczema, hives, hay fever, and asthma. You can get an allergic reaction from food, pet dander, air-borne pollen, and the poison of stinging insects, such as wasps and bees. Treatments for allergies consist of evasion, use of anti-histamines, steroids or various other medications, and immunotherapy to desensitize the hypersensitive response.
General Allergy Symptoms
- nasal blockage.
- itchy, watery eyes.
- runny nose.
- itchy throat.
- Stomach ache.
- itchy skin.
Many men and women enjoy spending long periods of times outdoors, but more than half are allergy sufferers. The statistics seem daunting, and anyone with allergies knows the frustration symptoms can bring. Luckily, this article contains some tips that will help allergy sufferers to live life to the fullest, in spite of their allergies.
8 Tips To Combat Allergies
Before going to bed
Take a shower and wash your hair before you go to bed. Accumulated pollen scattered over your body and hair can trigger an allergic reaction during the night. Even if you only spend a few minutes in the shower, you will be doing yourself a great favor.
Time to exercise outdoor
When exercising outdoors during peak pollen levels, be sure to do so extremely early or extremely late in the day. Studies show pollen levels are low during these times, so you can exercise comfortably.
Exercising during a particular time of the day or in a certain location may significantly impact your allergies. Exercising causes you to breathe harder and take air in faster. Do your exercises indoors at non-peak hours when the pollen count is lower to reduce the intake of allergens into your body.
Pollen release hours
If you suffer from terrible allergy symptoms, always take note of the time. Many plants release their pollen in the morning, making the hours between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. the worst for allergy sufferers. Try to remain indoors during these hours. If you absolutely have to go out, keep the time and limit your activity.
You may not be sure whether or not your pet is causing your allergies. A doctor can give you an allergy test to find out if this is true or not. This won’t mean you have to get rid of your beloved pet, but you may need to make some changes.
Your Stress Level
Monitor your stress level. Many are unaware of the fact that stress can cause allergic reactions to be worse than they might otherwise be. This holds true for those with asthma too. Having an attack is heightened when you are more stressed. It is not a cure all for this condition, but it can help lower the frequency and duration of an attack.
On a Trip?
When you take a trip, make sure that you bring along your allergy medication. You never know the kinds of new allergens that can present themselves or exacerbate your current symptoms. Depending on what you’re allergic to, the types of medications you bring may differ. Some Benadryl® is okay for minor reactions, but having an EpiPen® may be required for more severe allergies. The measured doses of epinephrine in the pens contain may be able to halt a severe episode.
Learn what items contain latex so that you can eliminate them from your home if you have a latex allergy. You may not realize it, but you must steer clear of condoms, some clothing, and latex gloves, among other things. Ask your pharmacist to help you find some of the many alternatives to these items. Read labels thoroughly and see if they might have latex in it.
If you have a school-aged child who suffers from allergies, he or she may have medication in case of a severe reaction. Doctor’s orders are often required by the school when this is the case. Make sure the school has some medication on hand for emergencies. You should also give his school a document that lists all allergies and put one in your child’s backpack, too.
Hopefully now you have a better idea of how you can overcome your allergy issues. This advice will aid you in your allergy relief. Try adding a new tip every day for more significant long-term results. Good luck!
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