Imagine you’re in the metro packed with hundreds of people.
You are impatiently waiting for your destination to arrive as you don’t have space to breathe.
Then the most unfortunate thing happens.
You Sneeze! (Aaaachhuu).
The moment that happens, all eyes are on you.
Now everyone maintains distance from you. (Isn’t that a good trick when in packed trains?)
But you (and possibly others) get suspicious too.
Is it an allergy, cough, cold, or the scary COVID-19?
The suspense is such that we end up stressing a lot. Most of the time, it’s an allergy and without us knowing it, we end up taking other medicines to cure the situation without knowing the root cause.
Here are some common allergy types:
- Indoor Allergy
- Outdoor Allergy
- Food Allergy
Knowing what you are allergic to and reducing your exposure is the key. There are various manifestations of allergies, like nasal irritation, skin rashes, etc but you need to know the allergen or the causative agent that triggers your immune system. Don’t forget that lifestyle change is the crux of allergy management. Since there is no cure, just remember this simple mantra, Allergies Treatment = Allergies Management.
Here are a few practical steps that can help you in Allergy Management effectively:
1.Stay Away from Allergens:
Be aware of what causes/triggers your allergic reaction and limit your exposure to it. When you have food allergies, animal allergies, mold allergies, or dust mite allergies, it is considered wise to limit your contact with these allergens.
2. Consulted Medication:
Whether your allergy is minor or major, taking medicine only post a medical consultation is the key to manage and prevent allergies. Your allergist or doctor can guide you on the basis of allergy history and symptoms in taking the right medication.
3. Get rid of outdoor allergens:
As soon as you come back home, make sure to get rid of the clothes you wore outside, shoes, and quickly take a bath. This is because our shoes, clothes, hair, and skin bring back a lot of pollen or other allergens from the outside. This can cause discomfort and lead to a full-blown allergy. Limiting outside pollen causing allergens is very important especially if you have outdoor allergies.
4. Antihistamine medicines:
Antihistamine is the basic medicine for allergies taken as tablets, capsules, creams, liquids, eye drops, or nasal sprays. The medicine will be prescribed depending on the kind of allergy and your allergic reactions. One needs to take the right medicine to treat and manage allergies.
5. Wear a Mask:
Keeping allergens at bay is important. Having an N95 respirator mask can block up to 95% of foreign particles, pollens, and allergens. We are all following it now. But making it a habit will benefit you in the long run.
6. Know Your Triggers:
We all think we know our allergies. But do we know the exact reason or situation that triggers it? Meeting an allergist to test or detect the exact trigger is important. After you know the causes, you can make plans to avoid them.
7. Steroid medications:
Some allergies need to be treated with steroid medications. They treat inflammation caused by allergies. There are various forms in which its available and can mostly be purchased with a doctor’s prescription.
8. Immunotherapy (desensitization):
In some cases, the doctor decides that it is time to make your body get used to the allergens so that the reaction is curbed. A series of immunotherapy sessions conducted by a doctor helps in achieving it.
9. Be prepared for an anaphylactic reaction:
Can allergies be life-threatening too? Yes, and sometimes the conditions can worsen significantly. In such a scenario, special injections are used to manage the condition. If you have had a severe allergic reaction, then you should consult a doctor for any future emergency.
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Here are some ways you can manage your allergy. After all, Lifestyle change is the crux of allergy management. Agree?
Let me know which is your go-to way to manage your allergy?
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