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Allergies: Are You at Risk?

written by Guest Blogger August 13, 2014

Do you think you have allergies but don’t know for sure? Check out this guest article by Miss Marks to see if you’re at risk of developing allergies – and if you find you are, you might want to book an appointment with your doctor for confirmation.

Today allergies are very common, affecting a great number of people yearly, both adults and children. Sneezing, coughing, cramps, skin irritation, difficulty breathing and other symptoms show that something is wrong with your body.

The best way to find out if you are at risk of an allergy is to check out the most common factors that trigger different types of allergies. In this article we are going to give you some information about these factors. Read on:

Food Allergy Risk Factors

The risk factors of food allergies include:

  • Age: most food allergies occur in children, as their bodies are still very immature and unable to deal with all types of food. As a result, they absorb components that can cause food allergies. Fortunately, most of these allergies fade as children grow. But there are allergies that are lifelong such as allergies to shellfish and nuts.
  • Family: if there are members of your family that suffer from allergies, eczema, asthma, hives, then you are at risk of developing a food allergy at some point in life.
  • Asthma: usually food allergy and asthma occur together.
  • Other allergies: if you already have a food allergy, chances are that you develop another allergy.

Among the most common foods that can trigger allergies are: soya, eggs, peanuts, wheat, eggs, fish, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, mustard, gluten, crustaceans, strawberries, mushrooms, eggplant, sesame seeds, etc. Fish types that may cause allergies include flounder, snapper, hake, mahi mahi, herring, cod, tuna, trout, tilapia, snapper, sole, swordfish, scrod, salmon, pollock, pike, catfish, bass, anchovies. How many of them do you consume daily?

Other Types of Allergies

  • Allergies triggered by exposure to mold and mildew: most likely to occur year-round
  • Allergies by exposure to chemicals found in commercial cleaners
  • Pollen allergies: they usually occur seasonally

Dealing With the Problem

If you want to reduce the risk of developing an allergy, you have to cope with all the factors that trigger such a condition. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid certain foods: if you are afraid that you may develop an allergy to some food, you should probably avoid consuming it, especially if a member of your family (a sibling, mother, grandfather) suffers from such an allergy. Of course, you won’t necessarily develop a food allergy just because of these genetic factors, but one never knows.
  • Ensure a clean environment: the best way to eliminate the risk of developing some sorts of allergies is to live in a clean and healthy environment. This means that you need to clean your house more often and to use eco-friendly cleaning products. Since commercial cleaners contain chemicals that can trigger asthma and other types of allergies, you had better use natural substances (which can be found in the household) to remove germs and bacteria. For example, you can use white vinegar, baking soda, lemon or lemon juice to clean almost every surface. The advantage of these substances is that they don’t release dangerous particles in the air that irritate the lungs and skin. Moreover, they smell nice while they remove dirt and grime.
  • Prevent mold and mildew: since these bacteria grow in damp places, you need to keep moisture levels in your house under control. If you notice that mold has started to grow in some areas of the house, you should remove it right away with natural cleaning products as get the moisture levels checked by a professional.

Sources:

http://www.foodallergy.org/allergens
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/food-triggers
http://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/fish-allergy

About the Author

Miss Marks is an owner of Top Domestic Cleaners SW17. Writing is a very important part of her life, though she can’t afford to spend too much time on it.

Do you have an allergy you wish to share? Do you think you could have prevented developing your allergy if you knew what Miss Marks explained today?

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