Allergies and Allergy Management Strategies

With increasing pollution levels these days it seems that more and more people are falling victim to all sorts of allergens, the substances that are the primary cause of all allergic reactions. Allergens can be almost anything, from sea food to pet dander or even specific types of food coloring. There are also more incidences or children born with allergies pointing to an overall increase people who have allergic problems.

Because allergies have had such a large impact on millions of lives there has been an inordinate amount of time and money spent researching and looking for ways to manage allergy symptoms. This has lead to a variety of over-the-counter medications, prescription medicines, and other coping mechanisms helping to raise the quality of many lives significantly.

Unfortunately there is no cure for allergies although some people seem to grow out of them over time. Managing allergies is usually done through a combination of medication and controlling or avoiding those environmental triggers that bring about an attack. The severity of the reaction a person has also has a bearing on the measure that must be taken. Someone who gets the sniffles during hay fever season does not need to take the same precautions as someone who might have a serious food allergy that causes anaphylactic shock.

This is the worst reaction a person can have to an allergen and if it is not treated quickly anaphylactic shock can cause death. Fortunately most people do not have this severe of a reaction but even then the everyday discomfort of allergies can make anyone’s life miserable. Again, the type and severity of the reaction to allergens normally determines the best course of action for an allergy sufferer, whether it be medication or some other form of management.

The most common form of allergen is airborne particles such as dust, dirt, pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and household chemicals from cleaning products. In fact multiple studies have shown that indoor air quality is much worse then that found outdoors. A pro-active solution to this problem is some form of air filter, either whole house filtering or a single room unit. This removes potential triggers from the air reducing the need for medication in many cases.

The best allergy management strategy is to reduce exposure to or avoid those allergens that set off a reaction. For those times when this isn’t entirely possible medication can be used to minimize symptoms to allow the allergy sufferer to maintain a more normal life.