Living with Allergies-  Healthier Lifestyle Alternatives

Living with Allergies-
Healthier Lifestyle Alternatives

Do you struggle with eczema, asthma, hay fever, food allergies, pet allergies or you’re having problems with gluten intolerance? Maybe your kid suffers from these illnesses? Living with allergies can be difficult, since you can never know what will ruin your day. There are people out there who don’t know they’re allergic to something in the first place or they find out when it’s too late. In the following few paragraphs we will try to help you with some useful advice in order to become more resilient to what is bothering you.

What causes Allergies?

Your body’s immune system is responsible for providing protection from different viruses or bacteria. Nevertheless, sometimes the immune system produces antibodies in order to protect you from something which is not harmful at all, like different foods or certain medications. This “trigger”, called allergen is nothing but harmless irritant. The reaction of the body’s immune system to allergen is called an allergic reaction. Fortunately, most allergies are just annoying, including symptoms like itching, runny nose or sneezing. However, those we mentioned in the introduction are not so harmless and they should be treated and kept under control.

Living with Allergies-  Healthier Lifestyle Alternatives

Get Informed and Avoid your Triggers

There is no way to stop being allergic. Only by avoiding your triggers you will be absolutely sure that you have prevented a severe allergic reaction. Right now you might be thinking: “Yeah, and how am I supposed to live? Do I have to close myself into a box to avoid contact with allergens?” Of course, it may sound difficult and weird but it’s not so hard to do it once you know what causes most allergies. 

Food Allergies

People are allergic to different kinds of food which can cause severe reactions. While some foods such as wheat, milk or eggs are dangerous due to its ingredients, the others are dangerous for whole different reasons. Other food can cause cross-contamination. It’s the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect. For instance, there is the case of fish and peanuts which should not be mixed.

Avoiding food allergies is not difficult if you’re preparing your food by yourself. However, if you don’t have time to cook, or you prefer to eat in a restaurant, don’t be afraid to ask the waiter about your meal’s ingredients. The same thing is true with dinner at your friend’s place, food at parties, street food, package food etc. You should always ask or carefully read its ingredients, so you will know what you are eating.

Allergies caused by Medication

Today, most doctors or pharmacists have a habit of asking about possible allergies before they give you the prescription for different medication. If they don’t, always inform them about any possible drug allergies you might have. If you are allergic to penicillin, you may be advised to avoid antibiotics, an amoxicillin, for instance. People also might be allergic to insulin, especially if it’s sourced from animals and many other drugs. 

Avoiding Insect Bites and Stings

If you are allergic to insect venom, such as bees venom; every time you’re going out might be an uncomfortable experience for you. So, what to do to prevent it? Insects are attracted by smell and color in general. After all, they just love flowers. So avoid wearing strong perfumes or bright clothes. Try to wear long sleeved shirts and pants and always wear your shoes. While having a picnic, or just eating outside, try to cover your food whenever you can.

Interesting Alternatives

Did you ever hear of neti? Jala Neti is an ancient Yoga technique which literally means water cleaning. As our habit is to brush our teeth, the Indians have a special way of cleaning their eyes, nose and throat using a special bowl, which they are doing every day. This technique improves your breathing. It actually purifies your nose and entire breathing path all the way to the throat. As we can see, there are more natural ways of dealing with sinus infection and many allergies than using drugs.

We sincerely hope that we’ve been of help. If you still have some difficulties fighting with your allergy, problem may lay right where you’re reading this article. Even if you think your home is perfectly clean, there are many microbes which can’t be seen but they can cause the problem. Get yourself domestic steam cleaners and get rid of those boring pests. Rugs, carpets, upholstery and different cloths might cause allergies, because of mites hiding in them. Deep cleaning is very efficient in exterminating those termites.

About the Author:

Melissa Stevens is a professional blogger from Brisbane, mother of one cute boy, and in her spare time she is engaged in crafting, housekeeping and organizing family life. For some time now she writes articles with DIY, health, parenting topics, and practical solutions for simpler and more convenient life. At the moment she is obsessed with eco cleaning, steam mops and green ways to maintain her home, and helps other do the same.

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