What NOT to do when you have an allergy

What NOT to do when you have an allergy

What NOT to do when you have an allergy

Allergies and intolerances can strike at any time in your life. Some have them from a young age and have to grow up with them. Others develop them later in life as adults. If you’re in the latter group, you might not know how to even handle them.

Are they a big deal? Can you treat them just like any other illness? These are the kind of questions you might be asking yourself. Today, we’re here to tell you what NOT to do when you have an allergy.

DON’T ignore it

If you have an allergy for the first time, you might find it’s more of a nuisance than anything. Maybe you suddenly develop an annoying rash to your washing detergent. Or maybe dairy products don’t agree with you anymore. But you don’t want to change anything, so you just ignore it.

This is a bad idea. For some people, allergies get worse over time. So while it might be an inconvenience at the start, it could spiral into worse symptoms. At its worst, this could lead to anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening.

DON’T treat it like any other illness

Depending on the allergy, it might feel just like a cold. Hay fever, for example, shares the same stuffy nose and scratchy throat symptoms. So you might think you can medicate them in the same way. After all, they’re so similar.

It doesn’t work like this. Many illnesses are caused by bacteria or viruses, and medication made to fight them are specifically antibacterial or antiviral. But allergies are caused by your body producing too much antihistamine, which it uses to fight allergens it doesn’t like. Both require specific medication, and it’s best to talk to your doctor to find out which is best for you.

DON’T take it lightly

This is more about taking other people’s allergies seriously. Especially food allergies. You might wonder what the worst that could happen is. But as we said before, the worst could potentially be death.

Take food allergies incredibly seriously. If someone is allergic to nuts, your food should never come into contact with nuts. Even if it’s just a mild inconvenience, such as an allergy to a specific soap, do what you can to avoid it. No one wants to live with that level of uncomfortableness forever.

When you develop an allergy, it can suddenly feel like your life has 100 extra rules. And that can drag you down. But it doesn’t mean you can’t have as great a life as before. It just means you have to be that little bit more careful. You also don’t have to go it alone. Talk to your doctor or an allergy specialist to find out how you can live a healthy, happy, allergy-free life.

If you’re ever concerned about an allergy, book an appointment with one of our allergists. We’re always more than happy to help anyone who needs some advice. Get in touch with us today on 02031 433 449.

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