So many people report having an allergy to something today, it’s getting hard to keep up with the health news related to this unwanted problem. From mold to peanuts, folks in the US are reporting more allergies, especially as the seasons change. Organizations like the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, or AAAAI, work to bring relief of symptoms and awareness to this common problem. A recent report from this group of allergists (and others) brings to light some allergy facts that you may have missed.
Hypoallergenic pets are a myth. According to the AAAAI, “Almost 62% of U.S. households have pets, and more than 161 million of these pets are cats and dogs. Unfortunately, millions of pet owners have an allergy to their animals.” People wrongly believe that hairless or short-haired pets are the answer when in fact, it is the pet’s skin that stirs up the allergies, not fur or hair.
What can you do? See an allergist for medications that will make life with Fluffy bearable.
You can get a black eye from allergies. Nasal congestion, (like the kind I suffer with each spring and fall) can build such pressure that the blood vessels around your eyes shrink. Since the blood can’t go anywhere, it pools under the eyes. The American College for Asthma and Allergies says that the result is sometimes a black eye.
What can you do? Talk to your physician about medications that will open up those vessels and get the blood flowing again.
Allergies don’t just affect your nose or eyes-they affect all your organs. Any organ in the body can be affected by allergies. From your lungs to your skin, allergies can wreak havoc from head to toe. Specific allergies, like those that appear from insect stings can negatively affect your entire cardiovascular system.
What can you do? Ask your physician about allergy testing. It’s better to know ahead of time exactly what you are allergic to before a situation arises.
Your eyes tell a story. For over 60 million Americans, the eyes are the first to part of the body to issue a warning about impending allergies. At the first signs of watering or redness, take action against allergies, such as boosting vitamins and determining allergy sources. Don’t wait until you can barely see to correct the problem.
What can you do? Don’t ignore the symptoms!
Fragrance allergies are easily triggered because we use fragrance in everything. Laundry detergent, soaps, even hair products contain allergy-triggering fragrance. Even if you go fragrance-free, there’s a whole world of smelly folks out there. Some common symptoms from fragrance allergies are migraines, hoarseness and sneezing.
What can you do? Double check your labels to avoid accidental exposure. You can’t police the world when it comes to fragrance and your allergies but you can politely plead for a non-fragrance policy in your workplace.