Three steps to improving an unknown allergy

Unknown allergy

Three steps to improving an unknown allergy

So you’re sneezing uncontrollably, can’t breathe properly, and you don’t have any tissues to hand. Your first thought is hay fever, but then again you’re not sure. There’s a rash on your arm and you have no idea what’s going on. You’re reacting to some unknown allergy, but what? 

Identifying the allergen is important and will help prevent any further reactions. But it’s not always easy to pinpoint. Here are four things you can do to improve an unknown allergy. 

Identify any recent changes to your lifestyle

It’s safe to assume you’re reacting to something new. Think of everything you’ve done and used in the few days before showing symptoms. This can help identify the specific allergen and prevent your symptoms from getting worse. 

Strip back on any new products you’re using until you’re positive they’re not the cause. Reduce the products you use to those that you’ve used for long periods of time with no issue. 

You might have been spending more time outside on high pollen days, worn a new item of jewellery, or used a new beauty product. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so cut back on the potential culprits.

Watch what you eat

Regardless of what you’re reacting to, a good diet can help reduce the effects of allergies. It’s best to make your immune system’s life as easy as possible. By maintaining a healthier lifestyle, you’ll keep your symptoms from completely taking over your life.

Identify suitable treatments

Depending on what symptoms you’re showing, you’ll be able to find over-the-counter treatments to ease your symptoms. 

If you’re congested, you can take oral or nasal decongestants to get some relief. You can also perform a saline sinus rinse to clear your airways. If you’ve got an itchy rash, you may want to get a topical corticosteroid cream to reduce itching and inflammation. 

It’s important you know when it’s time to get help. If your symptoms get more severe or show no sign of slowing down, it’s time to get some guidance from a doctor. It doesn’t take long for a reaction to turn worse, so it’s best to keep track of your symptoms and how you’re feeling.

Over 20% of the UK’s population suffers from an allergy, but it’s not always easy to identify what you’re reacting to. There are some easy steps to take to reduce your symptoms while you’re still trying to identify a cause. If you need any more guidance or want to book an allergy test, get in touch on 02031 433 499.

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