Living with your allergy can be difficult. From constantly checking ingredients to see what they may have come in contact with to personal hygiene products which may cause you irritation. Obviously symptoms vary from one person to another, some may only suffer mildly with their allergies, as we know though there can many cases which result in life threatening situations. So what can you do to ensure you can live with your allergy and not let it take control over the rest of your life?
Avoid your Allergens
Simplest way to live with your allergy is to remove yourself away from the allergen in question. Allergic to seafood? Simple, do not eat it. As we know though products can become contaminated, so it is up to you to ensure your food is not contaminated. Always read the label, if you are eating out speak to the establishment to ensure there are menu options available which are safe for you to eat. Dealing with allergies such as hay fever can be slightly more difficult to handle but measures are in place to best avoid you coming into contact with pollen. During summer months keep windows closed. OK, so this may not be ideal but you have to consider the after effects. When washing your clothes during summer months don’t leave them to dry outside as this will only collate pollen during the drying process.
Immunotherapy and allergy injections have been developed for those suffering with certain allergies. Over a period of time patients are exposed to their allergen to enable the body to build its own natural defence. Now this is not available for everyone with an allergy so it advised to contact your GP to find out what is available currently. It’s vital though that those suffering with severe allergies carry a one-use injection of epinephrine. This should be on your person in case accidentally exposed to your allergen. These should also be in your home and place of work with other knowing exactly where they are in case they have to treat you. Studies show that washing clothes at high-temperatures can prevent allergies, and some washing machines have anti-allergy programs.
It’s important you inform people of your allergies. Tell friends, family and work colleagues of your situation. Medical professionals do advise that those suffering with serious allergies should wear personalised medical alert jewellery in case of emergency. This will inform those treating you what you can and cannot be exposed to.
Paul Gallagher works as a nutritionist and health advisor to those suffering with allergies. Paul works closely with his patients to develop nutritional plans to ensure their allergen does not take over their life.