Allergy Awareness Week 2017

Group of Multiethnic Hands Holding Allergies

Next week is Allergy Awareness Week, a week that is dedicated to raise awareness about the issues faced by people with allergies and how their life is affected every day.

In UK, allergy affects one in five people. It is imperative that people should know how to prevent and tackle certain types of allergy.

An allergy is an oversensitive reaction between an allergen and the body’s immune system. People with strong immune system are less likely to catch allergies. When an allergen invades the body, the immune system overreacts, releasing a substance called histamine.

Histamine is a substance that is responsible for the irritation and inflammation of the airways, skin, eye, mouth, stomach and gut. The most common allergens include pollen, dust mites, moulds, pet dander, certain foods (peanuts, milk or eggs) and certain medicines.

Common symptoms of allergy may include frequent sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion or blockage, nasal discharge, skin rashes, sinus pain, sickness, swelling of the lips or mouth, watery and itchy eyes, and vomiting or diarrhoea.

The incidence of allergy in children is increasing in all countries that undergo industrial development. There is a substantial increase in food allergies in kids. There could be a range of factors associated with the development of allergies, for instance, genetic predisposition, exposure to environmental pollutants, nutritional deficiencies and others.

In order to prevent and manage allergy in a better way, you should find ways on how to avoid the exposure to the substance you are allergic to. Stay away from the allergen is probably the best way to prevent any kind of allergy. Talk to your GP about identifying and avoiding the allergen that is making you experience the symptoms.

Find safe and effective OTC medicines for allergies at Pharmacy Outlet for seasonal allergies such as hay fever. However, it is essential to see your GP before using any OTC allergy medicines. Do not overuse or self-medicate with allergy drugs.

Be careful and tackle your allergy well this Allergy Awareness Week!

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