The Most Common Allergy Symptoms and How to Combat Them
The Most Common Symptoms
Are your eyes watery? Is your throat itching? Is your nose constantly running? These are most likely symptoms of an allergy attack. In fact, these are the most common allergy symptoms. Additional allergy symptoms include skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes, and a plethora of other uncomfortable conditions indicating that you are allergic to something in your environment. It could be seasonal allergies, food allergies, or just dust allergies. Either way, you should speak to your Doctor about undergoing medical testing if these symptoms persist. Either you are suffering from allergy symptoms, or you are merely sensitive to certain irritants in your home (smoke, cleaning chemicals, etc).
According to researchers, the number of allergy patients & reported allergy symptoms has increased considerably in the last few years. Part of this is due in part to better home insulation. Although this keeps out nasty weather (rain, snow) and helps maintain a more stable environment (temperature, humidity), tougher insulation also keeps air trapped within a house, thereby making it easier for allergic contaminants to bother you.
How to Prevent
No matter what the reason, you need to get medical information if you believe that you are suffering from the symptoms of allergy. Once confirmed, follow the below steps to either control or entirely eliminate your allergic reactions:
1. Most people suffer allergy symptoms because of pets. If you are suffering allergic reactions because of pet hair (dog allergy or cat allergy are the most common), then start by not allowing your pet(s) to sleep on your bed, or even in your bedroom. Next, make certain you bathe your pet often and vacuum your home at least twice a week.
2. Many individuals also suffer from symptoms of allergy due to dust mites. Start by wrapping your pillows and mattress with a plastic cover. This will kill the tiny creatures inhabiting these areas. If this will be too uncomfortable (having plastic over your bed and whatnot), then at least wash your sleeping items in very hot water with lots of detergents. Also vacuum all your furniture and carpet at least once per week.
3. A lot of people are unaware that they are having allergy symptoms because of food. The most common food allergies are eggs, chocolate, and nuts. If you are able to identify the food giving you allergy symptoms, then try to find alternative substitutes. Instead of chocolate, for instance, choose potato chips.
4. If you are one of many who suffers an allergic reaction to bad water, then try staying indoors as much as possible during rainy/windy days. If you must venture outside, then take antihistamines to reduce your allergy symptoms.
If you want to entirely eradicate an allergy symptom, you can seek out 'sensitization injections'. Although they take years to work, these injections will gradually reduce your symptoms to allergy until they are no more. Unfortunately, they are expensive and very time-consuming. You will have to come in for an injection almost every single month for three to five years.
In summary, almost everybody suffers from allergic reactions to some substance in the air and environment. First you must identify the allergic contaminant. Then, you must either remove it or decrease it. You can find more tips about allergy prevention on allergyhacks.org. By using antihistamines (sparingly of course), you can greatly reduce your allergy symptoms. All in all, the best way to deal with an allergy is to get rid of it entirely with 'sensitization injections'.