7 Ways To Reduce Allergy Symptoms
Spring and early Summer is a great time of the year. It is a time of beauty. It is a season of new beginning. Flowers bloom, Trees become green again with new leaves.
But Spring and early summer bring pollen too! Dry environment causes increased dust in air. Unfortunately, it is a season of allergy. Many people suffer allergic symptoms in the Spring or Rainy season. Today we will try to discuss basic concept about allergies and few important precautions we should follow to control allergic symptoms.
What is an allergy?
Just Google it. Wikipedia is not the most reliable source, but it defines it very easily – “An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system.Symptoms such as red eyes, itchiness and runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack.”
Human body has a unique capability to recognize and destroy any particle foreign to it. It is the immune system of our body. It is a very strong process and may cause death and serious harm to our body as a hypersensitivity reaction. In hypersensitivity reaction the human immune system activates against any foreign particle to which previously our body was exposed and already have an antibody against that specific antigenic foreign particle.
There are many types of allergy according to its etiology, such as-
Food mediated allergy: A well variety of foods cause allergic reactions. Most of them are produced by cow’s milk, peanuts, soy, eggs, wheat, tree nuts and fish. Other foods also can cause allergy but in less than 10% of known cases.
Non food proteins such as latex also can cause allergic reaction in different people.
Locally used substances: Superficially used creams and lotions also can cause allergy. So choosing a product is very important and can differ from person to person.
Genetic cause: Allergy may run through our gene and studies show, allergic parents are more likely to have allergic children. Identical twins are likely to have the same allergic diseases about 70% of the time; the same allergy occurs about 40% of the time in non-identical twins. (Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3047903/ )
Environmental factors: These are the most important factors that can be avoided. Exposure to a allergen is more common in urbanized population. Pollen, dust, occupational lung diseases of a farmer or a coal worker or a worker who is repeatedly exposed to silica etc. are the top environmental factors of allergy. And these environmental factors are responsible for common allergic disease as allergic rhinitis, urticaria, bronchial asthma etc.
Drugs: Some drugs like penicillin, cephalosporin, sulfa group containing drugs etc. can cause allergic reaction which may be fatal.
Other factors such as unhygienic living is also responsible for allergy.
How To Avoid Unnecessary Allergies
Now we know a little about allergy and we can avoid and control our allergic symptoms in 7 easy ways-
- Eat Appropriate Food: If you are allergic to some specific foods. Identify them and avoid them. Antioxidants, found in fruits, vegetables, green tea, and other foods and beverages, help to regulate inflammatory mediators inside our body and a critical factor in controlling allergies.
( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19968654 )
- Choose The Right Products: Especially products for cosmetic use or products that you have direct contact with.
- Control Your Air Flow: For seasonal allergies (allergic rhinitis, red eye etc.) avoid pollen and dust. If possible close your windows, and turn on the air conditioning. Try to breath fresh clean air and get good oxygen.
- Change Your Occupation: If your occupation is the offender try to change it. If this is not possible take appropriate measures to avoid allergens. You may take advices from a general practitioner regarding which type of musk or protection you should use.
- Take Allergy Medicine: You can use some over the counter antihistamines such as ‘loratadine’ or ‘cetirizine’. These medications are used for blocking histamine receptors and inhibit histamine functions, which cause sneezing, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes. But if symptoms persist, must visit your doctor.
- Avoid Offensive Drugs: Some drugs are allergic to some people. If any drug prescribed by your doctor causes any kind of allergic reaction, such as rash or urticaria you must stop the drug and have an urgent visit to your physician. You should note down generic name and group name of the offender drug and tell about it to your doctor in every next visit.
- Build Your Immune System: Working to build immunity is never easy, but it can significantly help reduce the side effects of mild allergies caused by food, pollen, and dust. One way you can build immunity is by controlling your exposure. Some people get allergy shots in order to do this, but most people simply take an allergy pill and supplement with quality vitamins that help strengthen the immune system. Taking the appropriate measures to build your immune system will certainly help improve your quality of life during allergy season.