Everything you need to know about airborne allergies

Airborne allergies

Everything you need to know about airborne allergies

There are several types of allergies and with recent news about cafes and restaurants not fully labelling their products with the allergens they contain, the public is learning more about allergies. A lot of people are probably aware of allergies such as gluten or dairy, but what about lesser-known allergens? Airborne allergies can cause a multitude of symptoms; some are as minor as fatigue to the more irritable symptoms like itchy and watery eyes. Unfortunately, allergies can cause continuous discomfort throughout an individual’s day. Some of these might surprise you as they include everyday objects that are otherwise unassuming. These include:

All allergies can be extremely dangerous if left untested.

Allergies such as these ones are caused by the body’s immune system treating allergens as a foreign substance. In response to this, the body reacts by producing large amounts of Immunoglobulin E (IgE). For different allergies, there are different types of IgE. These antibodies stick to the body’s mast cells which are a type of blood cell. This reaction, combined with the release of chemicals like histamine, can cause inflammation.

If you continually experience any of the following symptoms, we highly recommend requesting an allergy test:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Itchy throat
  • Skin rashes

Causes

If you suddenly start sneezing when you’re around allergens such as pet hair or pollen, it can be caused by a lack of exposure. If you’ve lived your life in a city with minimal plant life for example, suddenly being in a pollen-filled environment may trigger hay fever.

In some cases, you may have always had an allergy present. But it may have been so minor that you didn’t even notice as it caused minimal discomfort. It’s also possible that the allergy increased during adulthood.

Another reason may be that little exposure to bacteria and dirt may increase vulnerability to allergies as the body suppresses the natural development of the immune system. So when our immune system does come into contact with unclean environments, the body overreacts.

Management

There are several ways to manage allergies including:

  • Avoiding triggering environments, ingredients, and other allergens
  • Taking an antihistamine and using nasal sprays
  • Regularly cleaning your home

As highlighted by the recent incidents at Pret A Manger and Wagamama, it’s extremely critical to find out whether you have allergies or not. One in five people in the UK have at least one allergy, if not more, which illustrates just how common the issue is.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy or intolerance, it’s best to find out the cause as soon as possible to reduce discomfort.

If you think you might be suffering from allergies but have never had them diagnosed, why not order one of our home testing kits today? Find out once and for all what’s causing you to sneeze and cough. Request an allergy test with us today or visit our website.

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