You may be one of those people with seasonal, food or drug allergies, which make you disturbed every time you accidentally ate or taken in your allergens. Also, there are times when you consciously avoid your allergens, but the season will not just make you exempted of not being allergic to the weather. In addition, dusts are everywhere so if you are suffering from allergic rhinitis or hay fever, you also tend to develop allergic reactions every time.
In this line, it is essential to know how to deal with allergies because in one way or another, you cannot totally avoid them. The following are the steps by which you can deal with your allergies efficiently:
• Know your symptoms
The first things that you need to know when dealing with allergies are your symptoms. By knowing them, you are able to provide prompt interventions as soon as the symptoms appear in order to prevent further reactions.
The most common symptoms of allergies include rashes, hives, redness, itchiness, difficulty of breathing and wheezing.
• Treat minor allergic symptoms
The first things that may develop are rashes and itchiness so the moment that they appear, seek treatment or take your prescribed antihistamine. Also, you may want to employ the following measures to prevent further exposure to the allergen:
• Immediately stop consuming the food on your plate, there may be some food allergies in it that you did not notice.
• Stop taking your medications, you may have developed allergy to them already.
• Stay away from an animal you are close to since you may be allergic to dander.
• Take an antihistamine to immediately stop the allergic reaction and prevent development of more serious symptoms.
• Apply hydrocortisone creams on your rashes.
• Observe for major allergic symptoms and go to the nearest emergency department immediately
One you have observed that your symptoms are getting worse like developing difficulty of breathing, wheezing and cyanosis, you should go to the hospital immediately for emergency measures. If you are a certified person with allergy and has been prescribed with epinephrine pens, you may want to self-administer your epinephrine shot immediately before going to the emergency department.
Major symptoms may be life-threatening because serious allergic reactions may cause bronchospasms that may lead to respiratory arrest.
Once in the hospital, you may be given an epinephrine shot if you have not yet previously injected. If your breathing is continuously affected, you may be given with bronchodilators and oxygen therapy.
• Determine your allergens
If you have experienced the allergic attack for the first time, you may not know which factors triggered it, so it is best to visit an allergist to help you determine your allergens. It may involve series of tests to know which of the allergens you are allergic to.
In case that you really have an allergy to certain foods, drugs or environmental allergens, it’s also recommended to identify the events before your allergic attack to know if you have been exposed to one of them.
• Employ preventive measures
Definitely, you would not want to suffer from the allergy again. Although an allergy may still recur especially if you are not aware of the presence of allergens in your food or drugs, preventing may be the best way to limit your allergic attacks.
Make sure that you treat allergies promptly following the above steps to prevent life-threatening reactions.