Three reasons you should get tested for allergies

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Three reasons you should get tested for allergies

Allergies. If you’re one of the 20% in the UK who has one, you’ll know how much of a pain they can be. That’s one in five people who have to watch what they eat, or keep the windows closed in summer to avoid pollen. In some cases, they’re the ones who have to worry about whether or not their allergy will be what ends their life.

Here are some of the most common allergies people have to cope with:

  • Pollen allergy (hay fever)
  • Animals
  • Food
  • Medicines
  • Mould
  • Insects

But the good thing about knowing you have an allergy is you can do your best to avoid it. So if you’re sitting there and think you might be allergic to one of the above, it might be in your best interest to get that tested. Let’s go through some reasons you might want to go down that path.

Age

Allergies aren’t always something you develop in childhood. In fact, they can happen at any age. You might go through life without reacting to peanuts, but one day you might find they cause a reaction.

This means if you are experiencing a new sensation you haven’t felt before, don’t just write off allergies because you’ve never had them before. It’s always a possibility.

Consider the risks

Allergies can be life-threatening. And for an unfortunate few, they have been life ending. You can’t take them for granted.

Not every condition will cause anaphylaxis – a fatal reaction seen in many food-allergy sufferers. But a new respiratory allergy could cause breathing difficulties, which are also dangerous. With the coronavirus causing similar symptoms, you can’t take the risk.

Knowing your reactions

Something that can complicate matters is that reactions can sometimes be delayed. Allergic contact dermatitis, for example, can happen days after you come into contact with the allergen.

So you might not connect the symptoms with the cause if they happen far apart. It makes self-diagnosis difficult.

That’s why you should always seek out advice from your GP or an allergy specialist. They will know how to go about diagnosing your potential allergy. In the end, it might turn out to be nothing. But if it is something, you can prepare for it and work your way around it. An allergy doesn’t mean your life gets more complicated. If anything, a diagnosis will make things much easier.

If you want expert advice about your allergy concerns, feel free to reach out to our team of allergy professionals. We can help you live your best, healthiest life. Just get in touch on 02031 433 449.

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