by Sherry Riter in Health

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large roll of hay with house in the distance

When our immune system reacts abnormally to substances in the environment that are usually harmless, we are said to have allergies.

big roll of hay

There is a large range of symptoms for allergy victims sufferers which include include:
  • sneezing
  • watery, itchy eyes
  • rash
  • sore throat
  • congestion
  • itchiness
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • hives
  • pain
  • swelling of affected areas
  • headache
  • vomiting

tractor in the distance

Allergy triggers can be anything you smell, taste or touch, however, some triggers are more common and include:
  • pollen
  • dust mites
  • mold
  • animal dander
  • cockroach dander
  • insect sting/biteanimated bee
  • latex
  • food (milk, fish, shellfish, nuts, wheat, eggs)
  • drugs

tractor up close

    As aggravating as the next list may be, there are things you can do to help prevent an allergy attack.

    • pollen – stay indoors with the windows shut and use the air conditioning; use an air purifier; don’t hang your clothes outside; take a bath and wash your hair after coming inside for the evening
    • dust mite – use the hypoallergenic covers for all bedding; clean the house and keep it that way; get rid of the knick knacks and stuffed animals; substitute flooring for carpets
    • mold – stay indoors with the windows shut and use the air conditioning; keep the home in good repair; do not keep potted plants in the home; keep all rooms in the home well ventilated; keep pets and their bedding dry and clean
    • animal dander – do not have a pet; if you do have a pet, keep the pet off all furniture, do not have carpet and keep the pet clean;
    • cockroach dander – do not leave food laying around anywhere; keep food containers closed
    • insect sting/bite – wear shoes outside; wear bright clothing; eat garlic or take garlic tablets; don’t where perfume outside; stay away from garbage cans where stinging insects like to visit; keep bedding and clothing clean and free of oils
    • latex – do not come in contact with latex products
    • food (milk, fish, shellfish, nuts, wheat, eggs) – avoid foods that trigger an allergic reaction especially if your allergy to them is severe (food allergies can cause death)
    • drugs – keep a list of any drug that you have an allergy to and always tell any doctor/nurse when you are being treated (allergy to drugs is life threatening)

      bale of hay

      There are daily medications that can be taken to help with some allergy symptoms and other medications that can help control the body’s reaction to a severe allergy.

      bale of hay up close

        As an allergy sufferer, I know that it puts a crimp on my life at times, but I have learned that an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. Also, I always keep Benedryl, Cortaid cream and Puffs with Lotion handy.

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        Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

        { 4 comments… read them below or add one }

        1 Mom's Fortress of Solitude June 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

        I so know what you mean. My whole family suffers from these stinkin' allergies.

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        2 Julie@Momspective June 4, 2009 at 5:38 pm

        My poor hubby has TERRIBLE allergies! Just reading this post would make him sneeze!


        3 Lola June 5, 2009 at 4:29 am

        I have terrible allergies. They got worse when I moved from Chicago to the burbs. I'm most allergic to grass and corn pollen. There are corn fields everywhere around here and everyone mows their very large yards on a different day of the week, so I never catch a break. Grrr.


        4 Ana June 5, 2009 at 6:54 pm

        To help: Perhaps one can understand better why they get the allergy in the first place, rather than look at it as a problem. Thereafter they wouldn't need an external solution to divert the matter of the allergy. Nice site. 🙂


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