Dos and don’ts for suspected allergies

suspected allergies

Dos and don’ts for suspected allergies

Do you get an itch in your throat after eating a particular food? Or do your hands get red, itchy, and flakey sometimes, but you aren’t sure why? Then you could have an allergy. 

Many people think if they ignore it, it’ll go away or they’ll get used to it. But this is a bad idea. Allergies can worsen and disrupt your life. Here are some dos and don’ts for if you suspect you have an allergy.

Don’t ignore it

It may be tempting to avoid symptoms, especially if they’re mild or only occur every so often, but allergies can worsen over time. Allergies to food, latex, and bee stings can get worse with exposure. A once harmless reaction could one day result in an anaphylactic reaction, so it’s best to take action as soon as possible.

Do get a test

The only way to know for certain that the symptoms you’re experiencing are caused by an allergy is to get tested. A test will tell you exactly what you’re allergic to so you can effectively avoid it and prevent flare-ups.

Don’t assume you’ll grow out of it

Allergies can sometimes pass or lessen in severity with time, but this isn’t always the case. While there are cases where children and babies have grown out of their allergies, it’s more likely that adults find they suddenly had allergies they didn’t have before.

Do learn about your allergy

You may be surprised to hear that allergens are in the least likely of places. For example, some vaccines contain egg, some marshmallows may contain selfish, and some sausages and processed meats may contain dairy. If your allergy is new to you, it’s worth being more cautious about what you put into your body.

Do take precautions 

In the case of allergies like pet dander or pollen, you can prepare for symptoms to make them more manageable. If hay fever season is creeping up, talk to your doctor about taking antihistamines. If you’re allergic to dust mites, it may help to use hypoallergenic bed sheets. It’s much more effective to stop an allergic reaction before it happens than to try to medicate it once it’s begun.

If you suspect you have an allergy, see an allergist. They’ll be able to give you expert advice on how to manage symptoms, improving your quality of life. Getting a test also puts your mind at ease and makes it easier for you to avoid triggering allergic reactions.

If you suspect you have an allergy, put your mind at ease. Book a test with Allergy Clinic London today on 02031 433 449.

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