Sometimes we suffer inadvertently by virtue of lack of knowledge on why certain problems occur to us or our children. Our ignorance leads to further aggravation of the situation and some casual sneezing becomes more chronic and turns bigger. We know of allergies, we see people with them, but are mostly ignorant if we ourselves are succumbing to some kind of allergy.
Allergies are impartial; however, there are some allergies peculiar to children or adults. But how do you know that you are allergic to something? Your body continues to give you signals that something is not right, and below are the most common body signs hinting towards allergies, that we ignore:
– Skin rash
– Asthmatic symptoms or Difficulty in normal breathing
– Coughing, sneezing, running nose, Eye itches
– Upset Stomach
While these are some major symptoms of allergies common to all, their intensity may differ from person to person. Let us discuss more about it..
Here is a list of the common allergies that are well reflected through the above-stated symptoms:
1. Food Allergies
On the basis of a report published by Mayo Clinic, food allergy affects an estimated 6 to 8 percent of children under-age 3 and up to 3 percent of adults. The report also stated certain foods that contribute to major causes of allergies for children and adults.
Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, cow’s milk, wheat and soy are major food allergy triggers for children. For adults, the food allergies are mostly triggered by shell fishes, peanuts, tree nuts and fish.
As food intolerance bears same signs as food allergies (i.e. vomiting, cramps, nausea), they both are mistaken as the same. However, in case of a food allergy, even the smallest bit of the allergen intake, you are likely to face immediate symptoms of discomfort.
2. Pet allergies
Mostly evoked in children, pet allergies are not particular to the pets, they are specific to the dead skin cells, their saliva, urine and the fur which are the major cause of the allergies. If there are signs of recurrent discomfort, sneezing, coughing, whenever around a pet, you must get checked for the allergy.
3. Pollen Allergies
Pollen is common allergens that affect both children and adults. Pollen are the fine powdery substances produced by flowers, trees etc. for fertilization of other plants. With presence of pollen in the air, many people show evident signs of discomfort through watery eyes, running nose, asthmatic reactions, nasal congestion, and swelled eyes and sneezing.
While there are medications to cure the pollen allergies, there are also prevention that one must stay indoors, wear dust masks to avoid direct contact with pollen.
4. Weather Allergies
Different type of weather brings different type of allergies with it. Not everyone is immune to weather changes. Dry and windy days cause pollen allergies, winter beings asthmatic allergies and summers trigger ozone and smog, further raising the allergy bar.
5. Skin Allergies
Itchiness, redness and evident rashes are embarrassing signs of skin allergies. Mostly caused in the form of Eczema and hives, they are felt due to exposure to certain plants, like. Poison ivy, particular food or other medication.
With recurrent rashes, an analysis of the allergen must be done, i.e. something you’re in contact with that is causing you the irritation. There are prescribed creams and oral medication that tend to cure such allergies.
6. Drug Allergy
Medicated drugs are not the most common form of allergies persisting, because most medicines are tested for allergies before they are rolled out. Effects, if any, are mostly side effects particular to the ingredients of the drug.
However, factors like a patient’s history and other symptoms unlikely of the common side effect can be perceived as a drug allergy. Considering the recurrence of the prescribed medication, one can visit the doctor for further advice or substitutes.
7. Latex Allergy
This is an allergy particular to the intolerance one might possess for natural rubber latex. The products that usually consist of latex are balloons, gloves, condoms, etc. Such an allergy could pose a serious risk on the health of the allergic.
Allergies are curable, as long as you recognize their allergens, persistence and intensity. Your body’s signals must not be ignored. It’s common to have allergies, but their recognition is important before they tend to become something chronic.
The above list is an extensive list of allergies, but allergies don’t always have a pattern. A lot also depends upon the family history, your personal history of health and other external factors. With exercise of a little caution, consideration and relevant consultation, you can live an allergy free life.
We’re hoping that this has helped in some way. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section and we will be more than happy to help you out as much as we can.
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All the best,
Jacy and Ryan (TMD Team)