You can be allergic to anything from nuts, dust, dairy, pollen, mould, animals, chemicals, detergents, hair dyes and even certain medications. Most allergies can be mild but some can be dealthly and even occur a anaphylactic shock.

So, how can you manage an allergy?

Well, once a diagnosis has been reached, the most effective to manage an allergy is to avoid the item that can cause the allergy. This is not always as easy as it sounds but can be managed.

It is best to take care with the meals that you prepare. Be mindful of cross-contamination.

Wash pets regularly if it is a animal allergy that is to be controlled

Ensure your home well-ventilated and damp-free to help to manage a mould allergy.

If the pollen count is high then remaining indoors can help to minimise the effects of hay fever. This is as well as replacing carpets with hard flooring to ensure a low amount of dust mite allergies.

What do you do if you think you have an allergy?

First and foremost, see a doctor and outline the symptoms to him/her. It’s best to keep a diary how often and when the symptoms occur, as well as what seems to be the trigger.

If the allergic reaction is severe and the cause can not be easily determined then you may be referred for allergy testing. This may include skin prick testing, patch testing and blood tests.

For something like hayfever, it can impact a person’s life but there are a number of treatments available that will enable those to be minimised.

It is somewhat easier to treat mild allergies with allergy medicines such as antihistamines, as they are available over the counter.

Regardless of what you think the reason may be of your symptoms, see your doctor in order to distinguish it properly. If you do know, we have a number of allergy medicines that will help to lessen your symptoms.