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Rabu, 09 April 2014

Seasonal Allergy – Some Simple Methods to Prevent Allergic Reactions


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Allergies are usually categorized as a disorder of the immune system that appears as hypersensitive reactions to specific materials or allergens that come in contact with the body. Some of the typical allergic reactions can include nasal congestion, asthma, eczema and hives and the causes of such reactions in the body varies in every individual as for some it might be related to some food items, while for others it might include pollen, dust or pets. Seasonal allergies are the most commonly found in people which are basically immune reaction to olds, pollens or triggers that are present only in a single season. This type of allergy can affect any person of any group and in any location.

The main triggers of seasonal allergies are usually pollen from trees, weeds, grasses or molds, which can cause a variety of symptoms such as itchy eyes and nose, sore throats, headaches and sneezing. These symptoms can cause considerable discomfort and can sometimes be life-threatening. Although, prevention is the key to such reactions, but treatments are also available such as immunotherapy, orticosteroids and antihistamines for severe cases. Diagnosis of such allergies is usually based on the symptoms and the medical history of the individual. Many a times allergy testing is usually done to determine the specific pollen that is responsible for such symptoms.

Once symptoms of seasonal allergies are determined, the first line of treatment would typically involve over-the-counter antihistamines. Once this medicine has been taken successfully, treatment using nasal sprays is the next step. However, if these treatment methods fail, oral corticosteroids are usually given and testing is done to identify the allergens may be performed. Once allergy testing reveals the pollens that are responsible, allergen shots or allergen immunotherapy is prescribed by the doctor to reduce the body’s sensitivity to allergens.

There are also some simple methods through which you can prevent seasonal allergy. Introducing fatty acids to your diet such as fish oil and flaxseed are proven to prevent symptoms of seasonal allergies. It is also advised to use air purifiers in your house, especially in your bedroom, where you might be spending maximum of your time. Keep the air clean and free from allergy causing agents. Additionally, you can also use a dehumdifier during those months of the year when humidity is at its peak to avoid the growth of allergy causing molds and fungi. Following the above mentioned techniques can certainly help you to live a healthy life.

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