According to a recent report on CNN.com, there is a link between suffering from allergies and feeling depressed, fatigued, and lethargic. With nearly 36 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies and more people developing allergies than ever before, this is an important discovery. Anyone who has lived with allergies knows how difficult it can be, but that challenge is more difficult if this is the first time you have ever had allergies. Here is some important information about allergies for first time allergy sufferers.
According to Mayo Clinic.com, allergies are the result of your immune system producing antibodies to protect you from foreign substances, called allergens. First-time allergy sufferers should go to the doctor to get a diagnosis and medical advice. Click here to view a video of an allergy test.
Figure Out What You Are Allergic To
Seasonal Allergens, such as pollen from trees, weeds, grass, and ragweed, cause hay fever or seasonal allergies during the spring and fall.
Perfumes and soaps may contain fragrances or ingredients that cause skin irritation.
Chemicals such as latex rubber and plastic may trigger an allergic reaction in some people.
Many people experience food allergies. Shellfish, peanuts, and fruits are the most common food allergens.
Many people are allergic to dust mites, mold spores, insect bites, pets, and cigarette smoke.
Do You Have These Symptoms?
Runny or stuffy nose
Itchy, watery eyes,
Itchy nose, mouth and/or throat
How to Live With Your Allergies
The best strategy is to avoid your allergy triggers. For example, if you are allergic to peanuts, make sure to read all labels to avoid accidental consumption.
Stay indoors and close the windows on days with high pollen counts. Use Pollen.com to track the pollen count in your area.
Ask your doctor to prescribe allergy medication or to recommend over-the-counter medication.
As soon as you come into the house, take off your “outside” clothes. These clothes carry pollen into your home.
Keep your home dust-free. Carpets trap dust and animal hairs. If you cannot remove your carpeting, try using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
There are many resources available online about allergies. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, niaid.nih.gov, and Familydoctor.org are sites you may want to visit for further information.