Allergies are one of the most common health conditions to be found worldwide. It can be extremely annoying and it can develop into something more serious if left untreated. Here are 10 ways to alleviate your allergy symptoms:
Learn About the Symptoms
Allergies can sometimes be really similar to other things, like a cold for example. To ensure that you really have an allergy instead of something else, learn about your symptoms and have them properly treated. Notice that itchy eyes are more indicative of an allergy whereas snot formation can similarly be caused by both allergies and a cold.
Pinpoint Your Allergens
After paying attention to the symptoms, you should find out exactly what you are being allergic to. If you have difficulties in doing so, a food elimination diet may help you to figure out the cause of your allergy reactions. Or else, try writing down a diary so that you will be able to track your allergy reactions.
Prepare For Traveling
You may have your allergies under control when you are at home because you already know which restaurants to avoid or which bath products you cannot use. However when you are not at home, especially if you do not speak the language of your destination country, inquiring about different foods and products may not be as easy. For this reason, search for allergy friendly lodging and amp yourself up with a complete set of allergy medications just in case something triggers your symptoms. If you want to go the extra mile, pack up some instant packaged food and eat them whenever you are unsure about what you are going to eat (that is allergy-free).
Change Your Habits
Once you found the triggers of your allergies, you can always change your habit to ensure that the allergens will not bother your daily routines. Furthermore, if your allergies come and go with the season, it may be caused by a high level of tree pollens in the spring or mold and dust mites in winter. Hence, you can search for tricks to avoid these allergens, such as going outdoors not very early in the morning, or shower at night.
Avoid Contact With Dust
Closely related to changing your habit, more often than not your allergies come from the things you come into contact with every day, such as your bed sheets or detergent. With regards to this fact, regularly cleaning the things that you use daily may help alleviating your allergy symptoms. If this is not enough, buy dust mite covers for your bed and pillows and opt for a tile or hardwood floor instead of carpets.
Download Allergy Information Apps
Regardless of the fact that you know exactly which types of food that can trigger your allergic reactions, sometime dishes can contain these allergy-inducing ingredients without your knowledge (since you may not know the recipe for it). To handle this possibility, download allergy information applications to help you figure out the foods that you should not eat and the restaurants which are allergy friendly.
Substitute Your Foods
Even if you are allergic to a long list of food ingredients, you can still enjoy a lot of dishes that will taste similarly but cooked using its substitutes. If you are allergic to dairy products, it will be safer for you to always eat vegan foods, or if you like to cook you can learn more about substituting ingredients online.
Watch Out For Hidden Allergens
Hidden allergens can really be frustrating, because you will seem to be fine eating everything but all of a sudden there will be allergic reactions without you knowing exactly the cause. In addition to reading food labels and ingredients list, you can ask your waiter whenever you are dining out in a restaurant. Also take note that sometimes there are other terms that can be used to refer to your allergen.
Never Rush In Buying Hypoallergenic Products
Do not misinterpret hypoallergenic products for something that will definitely help you ease out your allergy symptoms. The term “hypoallergenic” itself is not a legally binding term, and hence companies can use them as a promotional tactic to get you to believe that they cannot trigger an allergic reaction. To prevent any misunderstanding and vain effort in fighting your allergy, look for the ingredient list of each products and find out more about them.
Always Bring An Allergy Card
An allergy card is always useful whenever you are traveling or even when you are trying out new local restaurants. An allergy card will contain pictures of your allergies and instructions on what to do if you accidentally eat them. You can create your own and make it multilingual if it is for traveling purposes.