If you think that food can be the only source of allergy to your children, you have to think again! In fact, many types of foods may be considered as some allergens, but not all types of allergens. Unfortunately, many parents believe that special types of foods such as strawberry, milk, and egg are only responsible for any allergic symptoms occurred to their children. The truth is that we live in a world that is overwhelmed by allergens, other than food.
Sensitive skin and fabric blends
People who have sensitive skin, sometimes suffer from dermatitis and eczema when they just touch some fabrics. Those people will suffer from pain, rash, redness, flare if they just wear clothes, which may irritate their skins. To better understand this, imagine how sensitive skins of babies develop what is called “Nappy burns” if their diapers aren’t routinely changed. Moreover, certain chemicals in some cosmetics, detergents, and shampoos may aggravate skin reaction in people with sensitive skins. You may see that people, who usually get in contact with these chemicals, are very prone to chemical burns, and skin problems. Urticaria, or hives, is a type of skin rash with raised, pale red bumps, which usually start as itchy patches of skin. There are no specific sites for hives to appear. In fact, it may appear anywhere on the body, including hands, legs, face, or throat. Some medications, sunlight exposure, insect stings, and chemicals in some foods represent factors that may lead to developing of hives or urticaria.
Dust may be one of the most common causes of allergies. In fact, many people with dust allergy usually suffer inside their homes or in other people’s home. The symptoms of dust allergy are runny nose, wheezing, itching, sneezing, itchy eyes, and shortness of the breath. These symptoms are usually worsened with sweeping, dusting, or cleaning the home. This may be attributed to the fact that cleaning up process usually stirs up dust particles, making them very easy to be inhaled.
Animal fur allergy
If you suffer from hypersensitivity to specific substances which are produced by some animals such as saliva or proteins in animal hair, you are likely to have an animal allergy. But, you are not alone; in fact, many people all over the world also have this type of allergy. Exposure to cat, dog or even horse allergens in sensitive people may exacerbate the animal allergy symptoms. Animal allergy symptoms include hives, wheezing, runny eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Anaphylaxis, which is an emergency condition, happened when human body seriously reacts with an animal allergen. If you suffer from trouble breathing, low blood pressure, faint and rapid pulse, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea, you are in anaphylaxis! Although anaphylaxis occurs in extreme cases, it should be also taken into consideration since it is a life-threatening condition, and it requires immediate hospitalization.
Hayfever, or allergic rhinitis, is a specific form of inflammation in the nose. It typically happens when the human immunity overreacts to specific environmental allergens such as pollen grains, pet hairs, dust or mold. The typical symptoms of hayfever are runny nose (excessive nasal secretions), wheezing, runny eyes, coughing, and sneezing. People, who have an allergy to pollen grains, typically develop these symptoms at specific times of the year.
The best treatment strategy is to avoid allergens as best as you can. You must have good ventilation system by using air condition system in your home and car. In high pollen periods, you shall keep windows closed in order to avoid direct contact with pollen grains. You shall avoid direct contact with animals, and you must wash your hands properly after contacting or petting with any animals. There are some over-the-counter drugs such as decongestants or antihistamines, which are very effective in treating the allergy symptoms. However, if the symptoms are serious or you are about to enter in anaphylactic shock, you must seek immediate medical emergency.