What Is Triggering Your Allergies?

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are abnormal reactions of the immune system that occur in response to foreign substances. Reactions to allergies may be annoying yet mild or may occur suddenly and be life-threatening.

The Most Common Culprits

Pollen can affect your allergies

Pollen

Who doesn’t love those cute little bees that buzz around or Mother Nature? As cute as they may be or as beautiful as Mother Nature is, they carry and move pollen.

Pollen from weeds, trees and grasses trigger seasonal allergies. To help prevent reactions stay indoors as much as possible on hot, windy days (pollen counts are the highest on these days) and close your windows. There are treatment options available as well such as immunotherapy and prescriptions. Find out about pollen allergies.

Insect Stings

Do you ever wonder why some people act like such babies when a wasp comes within 5ft of them? Well, that’s because some people are severely allergic to stings.

Having an EpiPen on hand is always a good idea. See more.

Even an unfelt sting can cause severe swelling and redness lasting up to weeks, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, fever and possibly even anaphylaxis. Definitely not a laughing matter, as these symptoms may lead to a quick drop in blood pressure, trouble breathing and a quick pulse.

The Most Common Trigger…Dust Mites

Dust mites thrive on all the major allergy triggers such as pollen, dead skin cells, bacteria and fungi. If you are suffering from dust mites or other pests in your property, we recommend getting in touch with a pest exterminator. They are able to inspect, identify and deter these pests from entering your property and affecting your allergies. Click here for one of London’s leading exterminators.

To help prevent reactions try to cover your mattresses and pillows with allergen-proof material, wash your sheets weekly (in 130⁰F water) and try to avoid dust collecting items as much as possible.

Looking after your allergies during respiratory virus outbreaks

The coronavirus outbreak of 2019/2020 caused worry and fear worldwide, especially for those who suffer with seasonal allergies as the symptoms can be very similar.

The COVID-19 virus causes problems for the respiratory system and causes a number of symptoms that are similar to those caused by seasonal allergies but have a worse effect, including

  • A cough
  • Sneezing
  • Shortness of breath

It can be difficult to differentiate between the two due to this and so it is advised that you use the following guidelines to ensure that you do not catch or spread the disease:

Wash your hands

In order to avoid catching the disease or spreading it to other people, you must wash your hands as regularly as possible. You can do this by using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, or using a hand sanitiser gel such as the one from Hunter Medical that kills viruses and bacteria on the hands.

Socially Distance

If you have to leave your house from quarantine, you must make sure to stand at least 2-meter distance away from anyone you come int close contact with.

Cover your mouth and nose 

you may find that wearing a mask outside of the house or inside if you know you have the virus may help avoid catching and spreading the disease.

Also maker sure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze and throw it in the bin immediately.