Common Allergies and What To Do
This entry was posted on July 1, 2014.
It seems like every year we learn about a new allergy that’s trying to ruin our fun both indoors and outdoors. Whether you or someone you love suffers from common allergies, there’s no need to feel like hiding in a bubble to avoid allergens is the only solution. At N-Style ID we want you to be prepared for the many different types of allergies, so we’ve rounded up many of the most common allergies and what to do about them so you don’t miss out on all the fun in life. And keep in mind, if you or a family member has a severe allergy, it’s important to carry emergency instructions at all times on a medical alert bracelet.
One of the most common allergies is a reaction to seasonal pollen. Some people have strong reactions, while others might be mild and barely aware of them. Symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes.
What to Do: Minimize pollen allergy symptoms by staying indoors when pollen counts are high and on windy days during pollen season (especially springtime). Drink plenty of water and use a saline spray to keep nasal passages from drying out. Over the counter and prescription antihistamines can help when reactions are particularly strong.
Animal Dander Allergy:
Many people have a difficult time spending time with our furry four-legged friends, especially dogs and cats. Oils secreted on the animals skin and proteins in their saliva can cause varying reactions in those who are allergic.
What to Do: Avoid exposure to animals that cause a reaction when possible. Keep pets off furniture and clean pets weekly if you live with them. Medications can also help in severe cases.
While some people have very strong allergic reaction to some foods, many people often are unaware of them if they are mild. The most common food allergies include milk, fish and shellfish, nuts, wheat and eggs. Reactions can occur very quickly and symptoms include asthma, hives, diarrhea, vomiting and swelling.
What to Do: Avoid the foods that cause a reaction whenever possible, check ingredients and let restaurants know of your allergies. Antihistamines and steroids in some cases can help, while severe cases may require an epinephrine injection.
Certain drugs, such as aspirin or penicillin, can cause allergies in some people with symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening, including rashes, hives, itchy eyes, congestion and swelling.
What to Do: Avoiding the offending drug all together is the best solution, however if exposed, antihistamines or steroids are usually recommended. For more serious cases, epinephrine may be needed. And one should always carry their allergy details with them at all times in case of an emergency.
Do you or your loved ones suffer from an allergy? What solutions do you recommend for other readers?