Allergy Symptoms – Do You Know Them: Have you ever eaten something new and just loved it with no reaction at all? And, then the next time you have the very same thing you broke out in a rash or had your tongue swell up on you? Or something similar?
This is how you would know you have had an allergic reaction to the food you ate. Sometimes though, it’s a little less dramatic and you are left wondering about the possibility of being allergic.
For example, when my oldest son was young, his ears always turned red when he ate certain foods. Little did I know at the time that this was a food allergy reaction. In children food allergies are the most common.
However, when seasons change it seems some of us get a bunch of the symptoms listed below. Some of these allergy symptoms we may have never associated with allergies at all.
Allergy symptoms happen when your body has a reaction to certain things that do not bother most people.
Common (and maybe not so common to you) Allergy Symptoms:
- Itchy eyes
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Dark caved in look under the eyes
- Difficulty breathing
You may recognize many of the the allergy symptoms on the list especially if you experience spring time runny nose, stuffy nose, and burning or itching watery eyes. But, some of the other allergy symptoms on the list may be happening to you or your child and you’ve never even thought that the were allergy symptoms!
Allergies Symptoms: What Causes them?
We don’t really know why some people develop allergies and others don’t. There are times when an allergy or allergy symptoms develop and then they will disappear with time, no one really knows why it happens.
There are times when our children develop the same allergy symptoms as we have developed, this can be hereditary in nature. However, we do know that there are environmental triggers that can set allergies and allergy symptoms in motion.
Pollen is the most common allergen, for both children and adults. Pollen is produced from grass, trees and weeds like the dandelions we all blew apart when we were children.
The most common times for the year for pollen allergy symptoms is spring and then again in the summer time. Pollen is airborne and we tend to breath it in through our math and nose and it travels right down to our lungs which causes the runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing and sometimes wheezing.
However, mold is much different than pollen, it isn’t airborne. Mold produces allergy symptoms by skin contact. If you have a shower curtain that is holding on to the water from your shower, chances are there is some mold hiding in the curtain.
If your basement is prone to be damp at certain times of the year, you probably have some mold. If you has has had any type of water spillage such as a bath tub over flowed or you had a pipe break, chances are you have some mold.
If you have allergy symptoms to mold, you will notice that your symptoms become worse when it is rainy or humid outside.
Do you have a pet? A lot of people have allergy symptoms to their pet… Well, actually is really isn’t their pet at all, it is the dandruff underneath their fur.
Dust can produce big allergy symptoms for many people. Dust mites are in everything that is considered a soft surface such as pillows, blankets, carpets, cushions on furniture and you guessed it, stuffed animals.
Dust mites are found in what we call dust. So, the next time you are dusting just know that dust mites are living in that dust.
Allergy Symptoms: Can We Control Them?
You may not be able to get rid of everything related to allergens, but you can control them and with that control you may be able to reduce the allergy symptoms you or your child may be experiencing.
Tips For Controlling and Managing Allergy Symptoms:
- Dusting more than usual. If you only dust once a week, increase this to more times to see if it helps.
- Keep bedding and pillows clean.
- Wash your sheets once a week.
- Take a shower or bath before going to bed to wash off any clinging pollen.
- Wash shower curtains.
- Make sure that where water stands, like on shower curtains drys.
- Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen days.
- Use an air conditioner at home and in the car instead of opening the windows.
Many people will suggest not going outside to reduce allergy symptoms, but that may not be realistic if you have children who love to go outside. We are busy moms, so maybe the solution would be to limit the exposure to pollen and when it hits are for a day or two, you could something else for the day.