Allergies – What Are Pollen, Skin and Food Allergies?

There will be possibly over 60 million people who will have to deal with some type of an allergic reaction due to allergies. Possibly one out of every four people will look for a solution to deal with allergies in their lifetime. In children, it is the the third most common chronic disease, in America, it is the fifth most common chronic disease. Allergies can come upon you when you least expect it, and stay seemingly a lifetime.

Pollen Allergies

Pollen is mainly found outside where there are trees, grass and weeds are. Pollen is released into the air during the beginning of Spring.  It floats throughout the air and enters into the nasal cavity. It cause you to sneeze sometimes uncontrollably. From there it enters into the body and can possibly trigger an allergic reaction. Hydration of the body can help flush the allergen out the body. You also have to remove yourself from that area, to prevent further reaction. Other pollen types are dust mites, mold spores and cockroach pollen. Each of these allergens can be prevented, if you continue to maintain a clean air filter in your house. Make sure you dust the window sills and furniture as it collects easily. 

Skin Allergies

Skin Allergies are the more common forms of allergies. Skin allergies can be triggered by a number of things such as, fragrant soaps, laundry detergent, and plants. Poison oak, Ivy and Sumac can initiate an allergic reaction like never before. Once you come in contact with one of these plants, you will know if you are allergic to them or not. You will begin to itch in the area that came in contact with the plant, and  redness and/or swelling will take place. Latex gloves can cause an allergic reaction, many people are allergic to latex gloves. It can possibly be the powder from the gloves or merely the plastic. There are some over-the-counter medication that can treat it. In more severe cases, medical attention may be necessary.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies are sometimes unexpected, unless you are aware that you are allergic to a certain type of food. It is not uncommon that many people deal with various types of food allergies. Some of the common food allergies are, seafood, shellfish, and peanuts to name a few. An allergic reaction to food allergies can include, skin irritations, swelling of Lymph nodes, watery eyes or uncontrollable sneezing. If you find yourself dealing with any of these symptoms, discontinue immediately what you are eating and seek medical attention. Children are more susceptible to food allergies than adults, this does not however make an adult’s reaction less severe. Make sure you monitor what your child is eating at all times. If there’s an allergic reaction, you will then know what they are not able to eat. Immediate medical attention is important for the full recovery of that child.

Allergies can be as simple as a sneeze or scratchy throat, or as threatening as your eyes closing shut. If you are aware of what triggers an allergic reaction in you. Do everything you can to avoid the situation. Once you are aware of your allergies, you will have a better handle when it comes to an allergic reaction. 

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