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What are Signs and Symptoms of allergens? How to diagnose and treat allergies? – Part 3

Signs and Symptoms of Allergens?

• The type and severity of allergy symptoms vary from allergy to allergy and child to child.
• Symptoms can range from minor or major seasonal annoyances to year-round problems.

Allergies may show up as:
• itchy eyes
• an itchy nose
• sneezing
• nasal congestion
• throat tightness
• trouble breathing
• even shock (faintness or passing out).

Diagnosis and Treatment for Allergies

Injectable Epinephrine
• Doctors often recommend that caregivers of kids who are extremely sensitive to a particular food should be given injectable epinephrine (adrenaline) to counteract any allergic reactions.
• An injectable epinephrine prescription usually includes two auto-injectors and a “trainer” that contains no needle.
• Make sure for kids 12 years or older, keep injectable epinephrine readily available at all times.
• It’s also important to ensure that injectable epinephrine devices are available in your home and in the homes of friends and family members if your child spends time there.
• Your doctor may also encourage your child to wear a medical alert bracelet.

General Remedies

• Long hours outdoors during the pollen season can cause allergy so wash your hair to remove pollen after you come inside.
• The sticky yellow stuff tends to collect on the hair, making it more likely to fall into your eyes.
• If you wake up in the middle of the night with a coughing, sneezing allergy attack, a hot shower may wash off any pollen residues.
• It will also help to open up your sinuses.
• This shall make breathing a little easier.
• The warm water may even help you relax and go back to sleep.
• If your eyes are itchy and irritated, rinsing your eyes with cool, clean water may also help soothe them.

Beware of the Air
• Breathing polluted air can worsen symptoms.
• Spend as little time outdoors as possible on smoggy days.
• Wear a surgical mask, especially while exercising.
• Tobacco smoke is a notorious irritant, either causing or aggravating respiratory allergies.
• A fresh breeze blowing through an open window on a spring day is not good for an allergy sufferer, since it can fill the house with pollen.
• To minimize contact with the powdery stuff, keep windows closed at all times.
• Air purifiers, especially those with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters) filters, may help eliminate indoor pollen.
• Avoid anything that tends to stir up dust, which might worsen some allergies.
• On a windy day in pollen season, a pair of sunglasses may also help shield your eyes from airborne allergens.

Certain yoga asanas can be effective in helping to treat allergies like :
• The Half Spinal Twist Pose (ardh-matsyendrasana).
• The Shoulderstand Pose (sarvangasana).
• Yogamudra, which are essentially hand postures.
• The corpse poses (shavasana).
• The alternate breathing method anuloma-viloma pranayama.

• Acupuncture helps in treating the various symptoms of allergies and also restores the natural balance of the body.
• Allergy symptoms like headaches, itchy eyes, stuffiness and breathlessness can all be cured completely with acupuncture.
• This will also help to prevent the recurrence of such severe reactions in the future.
In addition to dairy products and wheat, common allergens include
– eggs,
– chocolate,
– nuts,
– seafood,
– citrus fruits
– juices

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