There are now 50 million Americans who suffer from some form of allergies, and the number of allergy suffers in the country is continuing to rise year on year. These allergies can develop at any age, and it is possible for adults to develop new allergies, however it is most common for allergies and sensitivities to certain things to develop during childhood.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the environment in which you are situated (whether that be indoor or outdoor) is the most common cause of allergies and affects approximately 40 million Americans.
In layman’s terms this means that conditions such as hay fever, grass, tree or other pollen allergies are the kinds of outdoor allergies that most affect individuals. Indoors, their most common counterparts are allergies to dust mites, pet hair, moulds and other irritants. Removing these irritants from your environment is one of the easiest and most obvious ways to reduce your allergy symptoms, and avoidance of your known allergy triggers is the best way to take care of yourself.
Sadly, there is no known cure for allergies, however antihistamines are available in a wide variety of forms such as tablets, eye drops, nasal sprays and even injections for individuals who find they are unable to remove their irritants or control their symptoms simply by avoiding the product that they are allergic to.
Food Allergies and How to Deal With Them
As well as these common environmental allergies, food allergies are also very common, particularly amongst children, affecting 8% of children in the United States and 2% of adults in the general population.
Food allergies can make simply things like eating out very difficult, as you have to check the ingredients in everything and ensure that cross-contamination is avoided, or that there is no allergen in the wider environment.
However once an allergy is diagnosed it really is a relief, because as soon as you know what you are allergic to you can begin to avoid consumption of that allergen and begin to feel better very quickly.
Article by Guest Author Laura Barker
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I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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