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Do you suffer from allergies too?
The UK has some of the highest rates of allergic conditions in the world. Approximately 25% of the adult population are affected by one or more allergic disorder. As such it is important to pinpoint the allergen and take steps to reduce your exposure to it. Here are our top five tips for coping with allergies at home.
#1 Identifying the cause
A simple, scientific home allergy test will help identify the cause. It’s important to start with this to know how best to combat the allergen. Once you have this information you can speak with your Doctor to make a plan for treatment going forward.
Hayfever is commonly triggered by tree or grass pollen. To reduce the affect this has on you there are some steps which may help. Speak to your GP regarding medication if your reaction is severe. Do your best to avoid grassy areas and ask someone else to cut your lawn. Try taking a shower when you come in from outdoors, put your clothes in the wash and wash the pollen from your face and hair. Avoid drying your clothes and bed linen outdoors.
#3 House dust mites
One of the biggest cause of allergies is house dust mites. These are tiny insects found in dust. One of the best tips is not to dust using a dry cloth as this sends the dust particles into the air. Always use a damp cloth and regularly wipe down surfaces. Wash soft toys, blankets, cushions and other soft furnishings such as curtains on a regular basis. Hoover the cushions on your upholstered furniture to remove dust particles.
If your allergy is severe you may want to consider not having carpets but having hard floors instead which are much easier to keep clean.
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#4 Home test kits
A home-to-lab test kit using a blood sample detects Immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your body and will give you a comprehensive view of the allergens you are sensitised to. You might prefer to consider a home test kit which will come with full instructions on how to perform the whole test at home, your results will be available shortly after.
#5 Food Allergies
Make sure your nearest and dearest are aware of your food allergies, and if you’re going to have a home cooked meal with them it would be prudent to give them a little reminder. If you are buying pre-prepared food make sure you check the packaging for any known allergens which will be listed and in bold type. It is most common to experience a problem when you’re eating out in a restaurant.
You must make it clear to your waiter/waitress what your allergen is and the severity so that they are able to go to every effort to ensure it is not present in your food. Make sure you double check the ingredients each time you order a dish, it is possible that there might have been a change to which you would not know about.
Do you have any tips for coping with allergies at home? We would love to know in the comments below…