Allergy do’s and don’ts for your home

Allergies at home

Allergy do’s and don’ts for your home

Aside from using everyday medications, there are many things you can do in your home to manage your allergies. This is true for both mild allergies and life-threatening ones, which can lead to anaphylaxis. Here are a few tips.

Have emergency kits on hand

Every second counts when it comes to treating someone experiencing a severe allergic reaction. You should keep an emergency kit in your home, preferably one on each floor, and make sure everyone in the household knows where to find it. This is especially useful if you know someone in the house has an easily triggerable allergy, such as a nut or bee sting allergy. That way, it’s within reach should something happen. The kit should contain all medications prescribed by your doctor for your allergies, like antihistamines and epinephrine. And it’s always good to make sure you have two doses of epinephrine as around 20% of people require a second dose.

Assign seats at the table

Food allergies are one of the most common causes of allergic reactions in the UK, with around two million diagnosed with the condition. If a family member has a food allergy, it’s crucial that they don’t come into contact with those foods. Having set places at the table avoids cross-contamination and reduces the risk of your family member coming into contact with allergens that other family members may not react to. Some would go as far as making sure certain types of food don’t enter the house. How strict you are will depend on the severity of their allergy.

Don’t rely on sanitizers

Whether used for your hands, kitchen counters or the dinner table, hand sanitisers are not a reliable way to remove allergens. A study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that liquid soap, commercial wipes, and bar soap removed peanut allergens from hands. Plain water left detectable levels of peanut allergens. And, hand sanitizer left the most detectable levels of peanut allergens. Just stick to soap.

Dealing with allergies in the household becomes more straightforward with a little organisation. These are just a few tips out of many, but the most important one? Use some common sense, be aware of triggers, and stay safe.

If you want to book an appointment with one of our consultants for an allergy test, or to discuss your treatment, call us on 02031 433 449. We will be more than happy to help.

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