Allergies

About Allergies continued....

Possible reactions:

•Rash (small, reddish bumps that look like pimples) around mouth
•Hives (raised bumps - bigger than rash that look like insect bites) around mouth or anywhere on body
•Vomit
•Abdominal pain
•Bloating
•Diarrhea
•Difficulty swallowing (result of swelling in throat)

What to do?
Consult a physician, identify the food (process of elimination), and not eat it again.

Most Common Airborne Allergens:

•Pollen
•Dust mites
•Animal dander

These are harder to identify because they are small and in the air.

What to do to avoid exposure?
Unless you want to live in a sterile bubble, there really is no way to eliminate exposure to airborne allergens. You can try to minimize exposure by keeping your windows shut on windy and high pollen count days and use the air conditioning system in your vehicle to filter the air. There are many air purifiers and filters available for use around the house as well. Most of us opt for over the counter antihistamines.

Consult your allergist for possible solutions.

Options depend on the severity of your allergy and your personal preferences about pharmaceutical medicines.

If you are allergic to dust mites, the best course of action is to keep dust down in the house by dusting and vacuuming (use HEPA filter), and by washing sheets and towels in HOT water. Again, consult your allergist for more options.
Every one of us sheds skin. It's a natural process. The dead skin flakes are called "dander" and some of us are allergic to it. If you have animal dander allergies, the best thing to do is limit your exposure to cute, fuzzy, furry animals.

Some Common Chemical Allergens:
•Perfumes
•Dyes
•Latex products
•Laundry detergents

Reactions include itchiness, fine rash, hives, eczema, and dermatitis. This is something that can totally be avoided. There are a lot of products that don't have any dyes or perfumes - find something hypoallergenic that you like and stick with it.
Metal allergens:

•Gold
•Nickel

Just because you are allergic to certain metals does not mean that you cannot adorn yourself with attractive bangles and jewelry. It does not mean that you can't wear your wedding ring. Titanium is a hypoallergenic metal. It does not irritate even the most sensitive skin. Plus it's very durable and very lightweight and biocompatible. You can find at fine jewelry stores anywhere.
Medication allergens include:

•Penicillin
•Aspirin

Seek immediate medical treatment for medication allergies. Signs of allergic reaction include vomiting, hives, joint pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, and dizziness. Because the medicine stays in your system for up to 10 days after you finish the prescription, these symptoms may not show up until a few days after you take all the medicine. Keep your guard up and tell your doctor right away.

Diagnosis
As with anything that bothers you, the best way to not suffer any allergic reaction to something is by avoidance. Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that is causing the allergic reaction. It might take a few days and sometimes a few years. Try to narrow down the choices by process of elimination. You might need to be tested by an allergist.   Page 3 of 3 >>



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