Are you eyes streaming just the thought of allergies?
28th April 2015
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The idea of this special week is to draw your attention to promoting well being of the poor sufferers and to raise awareness to the various allergens that exist. The list is vast and any combination can affect anyone. There are some of the more common allergens like dust, pets, medicines and dairy foods (Milk, Cream Cheese and Eggs.)  One of the big hitters every year is Grass and Pollen. This affects those with sensitivity in various forms. Pollen triggers Hay fever and if you have ever noticed people in summer hiding away from the garden with streaming eyes, running noses and continually sneezing, it’s a sure possibility that they are hiding from the pollen. You may even be hiding with them. There is usually a window of time where the pollen is at its highest and this can really cause problems for sufferers

Have you ever felt irritated by something but can’t put your finger on what it is? With symptoms ranging from a mild irritation or intolerance to stomach cramps allergies can really ruin lives. Some allergens can be less obvious but have severe side effects such as the chemicals in hair dye. There has even been a number of cases where reactions to hair dye chemicals has been fatal which is why its of paramount importance to complete a sample test before hand every time.

So, what allergic reaction symptoms should you look out for?

  • A runny or streaming nose, (In babies you may notice they rub their nose frequently)
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy ears and eyes
  • Swollen lips
  • A rash

All of these symptoms are as a result of your body trying to attack the invading allergen in hope of driving it out of your body! However if you are an allergy sufferer you will understand the sheer misery that it can bring.

There is help available so don’t be afraid to ask? If your symptoms are mild you may be able to get relief from a pharmacy with widely used creams, tablets and antihistamines. If the trouble you’re having has not been eased by available pharmacy products then it may be worth a trip to your gp? They have experience and may be able to do more investigative testing to identify your allergy weakness whether it’s peanuts, lactose or otherwise.

Finally there may be a few things you can do to help yourself. If your problem is caused by dog, cat, horse or any other pet hair try to keep your living areas as clean as possible by hoovering with a pet hair or filter vacuum. Don’t forget the car too as allergens hide in here too. Once you know what leaves you cold... or hot, itchy and irritated try to asses the best ways to avoid or work around it and best of luck!

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