Allergens are the most common trigger for allergies. Therefore, avoiding allergens is the best way to prevent allergies. But there are instances when an individual does not know the source of allergic reaction, making it hard for him/her to avoid allergy from triggering.
Below are the top five sources of allergy:
- Pollens – This is commonly referred to as “Hay Fever” and is found in plants, grasses or trees, where the flowers release pollen into the air. Because the ability of the plants to pollinate vary from one season to another, the likelihood of catching allergic reactions depend on what pollen you are allergic to and what season it usually springs from.
- Food Sources – Food allergies may contain chemicals or ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions in the body. Before eating, it is important to check the label of the food or familiarize with the ingredients, so as to prevent food-related allergies from triggering.
- Pets – Furs, dead skin, dried feces and urine, and even the saliva of pets can trigger allergies. If pets cannot be permanently removed from a household, it is necessary to keep them outdoor as much as possible. Avoid contact with pets for prolonged periods and regular washing of linens, on which the pet usually spends time, should be a regular habit.
- Dust Mites – Another major cause of allergy is dust mites at home. This can easily be prevented by regular cleaning, especially the most frequented spots, at home.
- Insect Bites, Stings – There are several insect species that can cause severe allergic reactions when they bite or sting. It is very important that when you are outdoors, you should minimize your risk by taking necessary precautions. Always apply insect repellent lotion and minimize skin exposure by wearing appropriate clothing. If you are going on a camping or a trip at the forest, wear shoes instead of sandals, because insects usually bite or sting the lower part of the body.
Important life-saving tips:
- If you have a severe allergic reaction to any of the sources mentioned above, it is very important for you to always bring an adrenaline injection anywhere.
- It would help to inform your colleagues, classmates, teachers and friends that you have severe allergic reaction, so that they are aware of your condition in the event of an emergency.
- Wearing an allergy identity band, bracelet or tag might also be helpful if in case your allergy triggers in crowded places.
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