Allergy or allergic reactions are the sudden immune system responses of a human body to a foreign body or a food substance that is usually normal for people. Most of us have, unfortunately, seen someone going through or themselves experience itchy red eyes, constant sneezing, or itchy skin in certain situations.
These seem to be offset by various medications, but the real question is can they be dealt away with totally? If a person eating mushrooms starts getting allergic, can his or her allergy be made to disappear fully? Whether medicine is required every time someone has to deal with a similar situation is a question whose answer we shall explore.
Some symptoms of allergies are:
- Constant sneezing,
- Runny nose.
- Reddish skin.
- Tingling sensation in the mouth.
- Constantly itchy skin.
- Insect sting causing huge area of swelling.
- Short breath, constant coughing.
- Anaphylaxis in severe cases.
- Flaky or peeling skin.
- In some cases like pollen allergy, swelling of the nose and eyes inner lining.
A few things that can cause allergies are:
This occurs with a reaction to pollen, mainly with swelling of the protective lining of your eyes and nose. Symptoms range from congestion to watery eyes, stuffy nose, and mouth. You can stay indoors when the pollen count is high outside, and keep a track of the same. Using air conditioning during such times will help instead of leaving your doors and windows open.
Similar to pollen, these particles travel by air. They accumulate in damp areas that aren’t regularly cleaned or have grass or piles of hay. Mainly present in humid and hot conditions, these can be firstly killed off at the root by maintaining some hygiene. Clean every corner of every floor and cabinet regularly, and constantly rotate your long storage or stacked items on a schedule to prevent buildup. A dehumidifier may also help in not creating a suitable environment for mold to grow.
Similar to the above two allergens, in symptoms and nature, dust mites occur in places where dust settles. Bedding, pillows, carpets, curtains, any other upholstery, and linen, all attract dust. The solution is to effectively lift and clean these on a regular schedule and using a high-quality vacuum cleaner can help.
The hair your pets leave behind can cause allergic reactions. Regular cleaning of the places where the pet has been and also using a lint roller on the pet’s coat can remove the excess hair they shed. It becomes essential to make sure your pet is well taken care of, and if they are comfortable, groomed with a shorter coat, and cleaned regularly to make sure their coat is healthy.
If you are at the stage of selecting a pet, you may also get yourself evaluated for allergies, and may select a breed which sheds lesser, or has a lighter and more durable coat.
Various food items that are regular for most people sometimes cause allergies. These include gluten, mushrooms, nuts, dairy, and many more.
Many recipes have cropped up explaining how to enjoy our favorite dishes by substituting certain foods for the allergy-causing ones. These enable people to enjoy most food items.
Symptoms of food allergies include hives, rashes, coughing, chest congestion, tongue swelling up, airways getting blocked, and many more. In worst cases, these may require immediate medical attention. Certain medications exist that you can take before consuming food containing your allergens. You will have to be very aware while eating out if your allergen is commonly occurring. For processed foods, manufacturers must display the ingredients and if they come from facilities that have processed any other things, especially allergens like nuts.
The doctor who treats allergies is called an allergist. We shall explore some methods that you can try yourself.
Various methods have been recommended to treat and prevent allergies:
Avoid your allergens:
This may seem like the most obvious solution, but you can change your lifestyle to avoid coming in contact with your allergens. Seasonal allergies can be avoided by keeping indoors and using air conditioning while the pollen count is high outside. In food items, just don’t add the ingredients that are your allergens, instead look for recipes with substitutes. If you go out try eating at restaurants that cater to allergy-specific foods, or that don’t have your allergens in any of their menu items. For example, if you are allergic to mushrooms, you can go to a place that doesn’t have a mushroom burger on its menu. Moreover, places are opening everywhere with diet-specific dining options, and this covers commonly known allergens to quite an extent.
For milder allergies, get used to it:
This may sound like a risky thing to do, but it is known that over years your allergies can disappear. If you only have mild symptoms like little coughing or watery eyes, try to expose yourself to the allergen on a regular basis, and you will notice immunity developing over time wherein your symptoms may completely disappear.
The amount of time it will take is variable, and how often you should expose to these allergies should be carefully monitored by you, and you can consult an allergist. Also, post a certain age allergies naturally reduce as well, as the body’s immune system becomes lesser active.
Allergies and Asthma:
The downside to people with allergies, or people with existing asthma is that these two often club together. So to figure out whether your asthma is allergy triggered or your allergies are worsened by your asthma can be tricky business.
While treating your asthma and experiencing the symptoms you should be extremely vigilant about any changes in the environment around you. There are forms of seasonal asthma that may be allergies triggered by pollen, dust mites, or other sources.
Some remedies to treat allergies that can be done at home are:
For this remedy, you have to angle yourself over a sink in a way that if you pour saline water into your upper nostril it will flow out of the lower one. A solution can be prepared at home with water, salt, and baking soda, or a ready-made one can be purchased. Regular practice of irrigation apparently reduces and even makes some allergies go away.
Keep in mind to breathe with your mouth open while doing the irrigation, and also breathe through the mouth. Any solution flowing out of your mouth or nose needs to be spit but a small amount accidentally being swallowed won’t cause harm. Post your irrigation blow your nose thoroughly to remove any excess solution.
Sounds strange to think about in relation to allergies, but acupuncture can help in the reduction of triggers felt by allergens, and in the long-term ease your allergy issues.
While this isn’t widely medically studied, but, people all over the world claim that eating locally farmed honey from the closest farm to you, can over time de-sensitize you to the pollen circulating in the area you live in.
Air-conditioning and air filters:
Having an air-conditioned environment with a properly working air filtration system can aid you greatly, especially with seasonal allergies. As the air is filtered your allergens may not pass through and you can continue your day peacefully.
While allergies are a nuisance for people experiencing them it is important to know how to manage them.
As we can see severe cases do require immediate medical attention and long-term treatment like immunotherapy, but milder cases can be taken charge of by you. You can take steps like avoiding allergens and maintaining a seasonal cycle with your lifestyle. You can also expose yourself to allergens and gain immunity depending on how mild your symptoms are.
It is better to know your allergies and their root causes and if possible eliminate allergies to be able to be a little more carefree and enjoy your daily life.