Allergy is a body reaction where the body rejects a foreign particle. It could vary from one individual to another. Therefore , in order not get to a very serious situation of being allergic, the best way is to avoid it.
Now avoiding an allergic reaction at times may not be that easy. However, if one is able to find out the exact reason that causes an allergy, then becoming allergic could be avoided to a certain extend. For this various trial and error methods would have to be tried out , as in the first go itself the reason for an allergy may not be evident. Even an allergist could help you out , by exactly identifying the reason for being allergic through several tests.
Of the test conducted, the most commonly done or opted is the Skin testing which involves, testing of various allergens at the surface of the skin and finding out if allergic to the allergen introduced.
Another method is the Blood test, where the IgE Antibodies to specific antigen is identified.
Another kind of test includes elimination several allergens from your environment and later introducing it to see if the allergy occurs again.
Avoiding an allergen is not that easy. Allergies that are caused by dust, pollen , or fungal spores is near to impossible to prevent as they are hard to find, yet present in every house. Pets are another factor that cannot be avoided easily. Mentioned below are a few strategies that could be followed to prevent allergies.
House dust mites – Dust mites are small microscopic organisms found in dust. To prevent them just follow the simple measures like:
- Opt for wooden vinyl floorings instead of carpets.
- Avoid using soft toys, cushions etc or if avoiding is not possible like in the case of curtains, upholstered furniture, wash or vacuum them frequently.
- Use acrylic or synthetic pillows instead of normal pillows and blankets.
- Always wipe with a damp cloth on the surfaces rather than a dry cloth as that may result in spreading of allergens.
Mould Spores – Spores from mould are the cause from allergies. Mould grow in and out the house. They are found in moist environment. The spores arise, when there is sudden change in the temperature in the moist environment. Some way to eliminate them are:
- Keep the house clean and dry.
- Close doors while cooking as that stops regulating the damp air from spreading in the house.
- Never dry clothes indoors, pack tightly or store in damp conditions.
Food allergy – Food allergy is caused by various ingredients. The best way to avoid them is by checking on the ingredients list and also by avoiding places where there are chances of getting mixed varieties, like restaurants and bakeries.
Pet Allergy – Pets are something , which is difficult to avoid. However, by being a little careful one can get away from getting allergic to it. Limit pets to one room or outside. Wash pets at least once fortnightly. Wash all the beddings and soft furnishings, where the pets have been to avoid the allergy caused by their fur. bjhkkkuh
Apart from preventing the allergy causing objects, one has to make sure that one always has an emergency kit that helps them in adverse situations.
If you are a severe allergic patient, it is always better to carry with you two EpiPens or Anapens, where ever you go. While carrying the kit, make sure the instructions of the usage of medicines are well explained, as in an immediate situation , somebody could read and assist you. It is always better to have these kits at different locations like home , office, school and possible places where you could be often and some people in these places should be well informed about your allergic situation and the usage of the kits. Always check the medicines in the kit for their expiry.
Also wearing a Medi- tag or a Medic Alert bracelet or tag would enable people be aware of your allergic emergency and in any severe circumstances, they could get the required medical help.
Using the allergy kit could be very effective, provided it is used safely and the instructions are well illustrated. Allergy is a very serious condition and if not treated or attended at the right time at the right manner, it could be life threatening.