The top three tips for being a better allergy ally

Allergy ally

The top three tips for being a better allergy ally

We often talk about what it’s like to live with allergies. Steps to take, advice to follow, and a supportive voice to help people with their condition. But what if you don’t have an allergy and just want to know how to help those who do.

That’s exactly what today’s blog is about: how to be a better allergy ally. You might have a child, family member, friend, or colleague who you want to help out. Or maybe you just want to be a more conscientious person. Whatever your reason, here are some tips on how to support someone living with an allergy.

Ask them questions

Step 1 – find out everything about their allergy. Believe us, they’ll thank you for it. Just showing a willingness to learn about their condition will go a long way. Try to ask them not just what they’re allergic to, but how it affects their life and how it makes them feel.

For example, let’s say they’re allergic to peanuts. It’s the most common food allergy in children and the second-most common in adults. Ask them what it’s like when they go out for a meal. Or if they ever have to avoid certain situations. Or a specific time where they were really anxious about their allergy. It’ll open your eyes to how difficult living with an allergy can be.

Learn how to treat their allergies

Being a good allergy ally means having their back at all times. For some severe allergies, sufferers have to make sure they have access to certain medications. Something like an inhaler or EpiPen.

It might be worth learning all about these tools just in case you need to jump into action. Make sure you know where to find them. At home, do they keep them in a certain cupboard? Do they keep them in their purse while out and about? If you know where they are, you can retrieve them for the person in dire situations. For something like an EpiPen, knowing how to administer one could save their life.

Get used to saving labels

This tip is mainly for food allergies. If you’re ever cooking for someone with a food allergy, make it a habit of saving the labels with any ingredients on. Even better, send a picture of them to the person ahead of time. This lets them know what is and isn’t safe for them to eat.

Over time, you should get a good sense of what they can eat, meaning you can tailor any meals to their preferences. Plus, it shows you’re willing to go that extra mile for them, which they’ll be overwhelmingly grateful for.

And that’s the reason to do any of these tips. So many allergy sufferers are used to going it alone and having to change themselves to fit the world. But by following this advice, you help them feel comfortable without them having to tie themselves into knots. If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution for 2022, maybe being a better allergy ally could be it?

If you, a family member, or a friend are ever looking for advice about any potential allergies, get in touch with one of our experts. We’re more than happy to discuss your needs and give you the support you need. Reach out to our allergy experts today on 02031 433 449.

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