Allergy Tips

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allergy-tipsAllergies may be more prevalent than we really know. A lot of symptoms attributed to other causes are, in fact, allergic responses. Chronic allergies to foods, food additives or everyday chemical products can produce symptoms that are labeled as colitis, migraine headaches, sinus problems, asthma and a variety of other health problems. Some allergies are disguised as addictions. You may actually crave a food or a substance that causes an unhealthy response, ranging from mood swings to headaches. Common food allergies include milk, wheat, corn,chocolate, peanuts and soft drinks.

There are some tips to consider for alleviating your allergies:

  • A food log can help you pinpoint possible suspect foods. If you write down the menu for every meal, you may be able to identify foods or dishes that are followed by allergic reactions. When you identify a food that may be responsible, try eliminating it for a week to two weeks. If there are no symptoms, reintroduce it to see if symptoms reappear.
  • If you catch colds frequently, your problem may actually stem from an allergy. The runny nose and swollen membranes associated with such allergic responses may be caused by histamines (naturally occurring body chemicals). Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and can often relieve these symptoms. Sinus-related allergies and hay fever are other problems that can be treated with Vitamin C.
  • If you often have rashes or other skin problems, they may be allergic responses to cosmetics, soaps or even laundry detergent.

Here’s another little-known method of identifying the source of an allergen without the expense of seeing a doctor; Use an unexposed area of your skin, such as your back (you may need assistance from someone). Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Apply a small amount of a suspected allergy-causing substance to your skin and cover with a square of surgical gauze, followed by a bandage or surgical tape. If the test substance is dry, such as a face powder or solid makeup, put a tiny amount of it in mineral oil and apply that to your skin. Keep the test patch on your skin for 24 to 48 hours and watch for an allergic reaction to develop. Once you find out which substance or substances are setting off your allergic response, you’ll know what to avoid.

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