Allergies are an unavoidable part of our world. Reactions to them can go from annoying but negligible to very serious. There are many ways to approach how you deal with allergies. Don’t wait until next Spring to take the steps you need to mitigate your allergic reactions.
Knowing Your Allergies
The first step to helping alleviate your allergies is knowing what you are allergic to. The possibilities are pretty much endless, and most people find themselves to be allergic to a variety of different things. Taking an allergy test can help you identify not only what you are allergic to, but how severe your allergies are. They are quick, relatively inexpensive, and the first step in combating your allergies.
Once you know what your allergies are, you can begin to make changes to your lifestyle. One of the biggest things you can do to help alleviate your allergies is make adjustments to your environment. If you find yourself allergic to certain pets or other animals, avoiding those animals as much as possible would be smart. Same thing with food you are allergic too. As much as you might like peanut sauce, if it makes your throat swell and get itchy, it probably isn’t worth your time to eat. If you have serious allergic reactions to certain things, such as bee venom or shell fish, not taking chances by entering into environments where those things could be found is crucial for your safety.
One of the biggest environmental elements that causes allergic reactions is pollen. Air-born and plentiful during Spring, pollen can cause mild allergic reactions. Purchasing an air filter for your home or office can help remove pollen. Cars usually come equipped with an air filter as well, but they degrade over time and sometimes miss on smaller particles like pollen. Even newer cars might not be equipped with air filters capable of removing every environmental allergen. Purchasing a specialty air filter for your used or new car can help alleviate your allergies on the road.
Just like the varied reactions to allergies, there are a variety of medication available to treat allergies and their symptoms. Basic over the counter allergy medications include antihistamines like Benadryl and Claritin, which come in pill form, as well as nasal sprays like Afrin that will decongest blocked nasal passages. Most over the counter drugs treat the simple symptoms of allergies like swelling, itchiness, runny nose, and red eyes.
For more serious cases of allergies, prescription strength drugs are also available. Antihistamines, Leukotriene modifiers, allergy shots, and mass cell inhibitors are all available from your doctor and pharmacy as viable methods to treat your allergies.
In the most serious of cases, during severe allergic reactions, the drug epinephrine is needed to prevent serious harm and even death. Most people with severe food or environmental allergies carry an EpiPen with them. If you have a severe allergy, having an EpiPen available at all times should be mandatory.
Allergies suck, but you don’t have to be a slave to them. If you know what allergies you have and work to avoid them, while keeping the necessary medication available you should be able to get the better of your allergies.