How to Cope with an Allergy|
by Kurtus Alamentio
Things that lead to allergy in humans are commonly known as
allergens. In the presence of an allergen our body will
react by pumping out histamine and the result is swelling
and itching on our skin. Sufferers may have a rash, short
breathing or coughing. Pharmaceuticals that combat
allergies contain an antihistamine to counter the problem.
No one is safe from allergic reactions, though for many
they will only suffer from time to time. An unlucky few
will get adverse reactions year-round. Hay fever sufferers,
for example, are usually hit during summer or spring. There
are people who only get affected by the pollen that trees
give off - this only happens in Spring. Those who suffer
due to the pollen released by grasses will suffer through
Pets, detergents, medical products, foods... all these are
potential allergens. In various people they might cause
different conditions - asthma and eczema along with
dermatitis are all triggered by allergens.
It is worth the effort of tracking down the culprit if you
are an allergy sufferer, though it is not always easy. It
requires a small amount of detective work - maybe some
times of day are worse than others - take a note of
anything you notice. Outside or inside, at work or at home?
(Maybe you are allergic to work!)
One thing to do if you are having trouble finding the cause
is keep a log of your eating patterns - this is worth it
since food intolerance are tough to figure out. Also note
your symptoms in a diary - is it a sore throat in the
morning and itchy eyeballs at night?
Our homes are full of potential allergens. If you have
pets, they may be the cause as many people are allergic to
the little bits of dry skin that animals deposit. The best
thing to do is to wash your pets regularly - cats are not
fond of this but you can wipe them thoroughly with a wet
cloth. You could try to keep them out of bedrooms or even
better keep them to one room only.
House mites are another cause and these little guys love
carpets and soft furnishings. It is a good idea to air
bedclothes well everyday and to wash them regularly. Vacuum
regularly if you have carpets.
If you or a loved one suffers from summer and spring
hayfever then keep the windows to the bedroom tightly
closed. This means you will need to air the bedding
elsewhere - another room with windows open but internal
doors shut. While we talk about bedding, go for manmade
(easy to wash and does not contain feathers, which trigger
If you establish that the culprit for an allergic reaction
in the family is dust particles then think about getting a
vacuum that is designed for the job of safely sucking up
dust - some types of cleaner just pull the dust up from the
carpet and dump it in the air! Otherwise a lightly wetted
cloth can work very well on furniture, capturing dust.
It is a good idea to avoid drying clothes indoors but if
you have no alternative try to keep the drying rooms well
ventilated. Houses that are steamy are unhealthy and can
also produce mildew on the window sills - this is also an
allergen. However, whilst it might seem a lot of work, all
these tips are good for a healthy home whether you have
allergies or not.
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