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Facts You Should Know About Allergies

Allergens are a huge problem for people living with allergies. For someone with multiple allergies, the world can seem like a minefield. As much as it may be difficult to avoid all allergens, it pays to learn as much as you can about allergens and get advice from experts on how to best avoid them.

Food Allergies

Among most people with food allergies, eggs, peanut, dairy products, nuts and soya are the most common. Allergy to peanuts is often life-long but some research suggests that some children may grow out of it. Peanut allergy can result in several reactions including anaphylaxis and can also be very severe that small amounts or traces of peanuts can cause a reaction.

Some allergies are commonly linked. It is not unlikely for someone with peanut allergy to be allergic to other legumes such as green beans, soya, peas and lupins because these foods contain similar allergens. In the same way, there are plenty of cases where people with rice allergies react to a number of foods in the same botanical family such as maize and wheat.

Understanding Allergies

Allergic reactions to foods and vegetables are rarely serious and usually only affect he mouth and or lips. Cooking is likely to destroy some allergens in fruits and vegetables. However, the allergens in some vegetables may not be eliminated by cooking.

Legal Requirements Regarding Allergies

Food manufacturers are required by law to clearly label the ingredients of their products. This goes a long way in creating awareness on products that may be causing allergies. It can be hard to know what you are reacting to if the ingredients are not specified. You should be able to avoid an allergic reaction by carefully checking the labels of food products for a list of ingredients.

Pollen does not seem to bug anyone but is also an allergen for many. Common pollen allergy signs and symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, an itchy throat and coughing. It is very difficult to avoid pollen especially in an environment where you have little or no control.  However, there are several ways on how to keep pollen out of your home.

To minimize pollen allergies, you can always check out pollen counts before planning outdoor activities. Pollen is also most widespread in the morning so you can avoid going outdoors early in the morning. Closing windows and outside doors can also be helpful in reducing exposure.

The Most Common Allergen

One of the biggest causes of allergies is dust. Microscopic insects referred to as dust mites breed in dust and are known to be the cause of many problems. Exposure to house dust can also trigger asthmatic conditions such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Targeted avoidance has been established to be as effective as medications in reducing these symptoms.

Dust allergies can be minimized by keeping your environs clean and avoiding exposure to dust. An allergy to any dust component may require medical testing so it is advisable to consult an allergist for professional help. Whether it is a food allergy to strawberry or the house dust mite, identifying the allergens you react to is only the first step. The best way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it.

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