Simple Tips And Cures For Your
Symptoms Of Allergies

Do you suffer from symptoms of allergies or is it a mere sensitivity to food? The answer could mean life or death. You are considered to have allergies if your immune system overreacts to usually harmless substances in foods, the air and other objects.

These substances are called allergens and they can range from pollen to peanuts to poison ivy. Your home might even harbor mold that your are not aware of and this might be giving you mold allergies.

The most often affected areas of the body are the eyes, respiratory system, digestive system and the skin.

Common symptoms of allergies are skin rash or hives, stuffy nose or sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, red watery eyes, stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea or vomiting.

What then causes symptoms of allergies? Basically it develops in stages. When the immune system first encounters an allergen, it signals specialized cells to manufacture antibodies against it.

The person will not experience an allergic reaction in that initial exposure. However, if the substance again enters the body, the antibodies programmed to mount an attack against it goes into action.

In some instances, the response will not produce symptoms, but the stage will have been set. At some future date, the antigen may provoke cells in the immune system to release large amounts of histamines and other chemicals that are responsible for an allergic response. When this happens, symptoms can range from something as mild as a sneeze to a life-threatening reaction.

Approximately more than 60 million people suffer from some form of allergy. Of this, food make up a small percentage. The most common are pollen reaction and other inhaled substances.

When you experience food allergy, your skin might break out in a rash, your mouth might tingle, or your throat might tighten up, causing coughing, wheezing and choking. In a worse case scenario the shock causes your blood pressure to drop dangerously low and your windpipe closes up.

Allergic food reactions hit about 30,000 people every year, and it’s the cause of death of 150 of them.Allergen Foods

Hundreds of foods can cause a reaction, but the major ones are shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, pecans and almonds, milk, cheese, eggs, tomatoes, soybeans and wheat. Experts recently discovered that even a simple food such as zucchini squash can bring on an allergic reaction.

Other types of allergy reactions are seasonal, and some can also be brought on by pets, ragweed, dust mites, and even alcohol.

The seasonal allergies hit when pollen count rises, causing stuffy nose, sneezing, red itchy eyes, nose and throat in sufferers.

As inconvenient and dangerous as some allergic reactions might be, you can learn to manage all allergic reactions and symptoms effectively and safely by practicing some of these tips.

When you get a reaction after eating certain food, notify your doctor immediately. He or she can determine if it’s an allergy or food intolerance and begin treating the real cause;

Keep an accurate record of what and when you eat. Note your symptoms of allergies and be aware of how the food was prepared, and if anyone else got sick besides you;

Learn your trouble foods and be wary of ingredient list in packaged foods;

Doctors do not have a cure for food allergy yet, so sometimes the safest thing you can do is avoid a type of food or restaurant;

Maintain a positive attitude. Just because you have food allergy does not mean you have to live on water alone. You can still eat many of the foods you enjoy;

If you develop rash after wearing jewelry, you might be allergic to nickel. Try stainless steel or nickel-free jewelry;

If you suffer from ragweed allergies or hay fever symptoms during the spring and summer seasons, try closing those windows – to your house and car to prevent the pollen blowing into your house and car;

Use a humidifier to improve the air quality in the house and to also keep your home cool and dry. This way you will filter out mold and pollen and also get rid of allergy dust mites. Avoid mowing and raking your grass during the pollen season, and if you absolutely must do the yard work, put on an allergy mask.

If you enjoy walking in the warm or hot months, try footing it inside a shopping mall. It’s cool, safe and gives you the additional bonus of a great social activity;

Shower and wash your hair when you come in from outside. Allergens have a tendency to cling to you, bringing hay fever misery inside.

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