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How To Cope If You Are Diagnosed With Asthma Or Allergies

How To Cope If You Are Diagnosed With Asthma Or Allergies

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Often a diagnosis of asthma and allergies goes hand in hand. But you can also be diagnosed with just one or the other. Both can be difficult to deal with, and cases can range from mild to severe. Many are scared of hearing the world asthma because of some asthma attacks can be dangerous. And the same can be said for allergies. Today we’re going to address the diagnosis for each and how you can make life a little easier for yourself or a loved one that is diagnosed. And for any other issues surrounding your health, make sure to check out that section of my blog.

What Is Asthma?

About half of those diagnosed with asthma in adult life also have some form of allergies. Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the breathing tubes and lungs airways and also restricts them. Before being diagnosed, you may experience symptoms of wheezing and have difficulty breathing. You may also have the feeling of a tight chest and having to gasp for air. Asthma attacks can be worsened by smoke, climate changes, pollution, allergies to dust and pollen and also infections. Asthma attacks are usually an infrequent occurrence for most people, but they can be serious. Severity depends on each and every person.

What To Do If You Have Asthma

Sadly asthma is, as yet, incurable. But early detection and medical treatment can minimise symptoms and prevent serious attacks. Most asthma treatments involve having an inhaler. When used, an inhaler injects a powdery medicine into your breathing tubes as you breathe in. Inhalers are used when you need to relieve symptoms fast, and you can order a Ventolin inhaler online if you need extras quickly. Those who have asthma find that they have sensitive airways. And this means you may react to things in a different way to others. You will need to talk to your physician to thoroughly work out what your triggers are. They can be anything from certain foods and pollen to air pollutants and tobacco smoke. You may also find you have animal allergies, are affected by certain odours or sprays and struggle with exercise. If you have asthma, learn the early warning signs of an attack so you can control it more easily.        

What Are Allergies?

An allergy occurs when your immune system responds to a substance in a bad way. It can be anything from food to pollen and dust to animals. You know you have an allergy if these normally non harmful substances cause an extremely irritating reaction to your body. Symptoms can include a runny nose, itchy red eyes, a body rash, wheezing, diarrhea, and nausea. Severe allergies can cause throat swelling and a drop in blood pressure, and they can be life threatening. Nuts, fruits, cow’s milk, shellfish, and eggs can all cause allergies in some people. So can pollen (hay fever) insect bites, certain medications, and some household chemicals. If you have severe allergies to things such as food and medication, it is worth subscribing to the ICE app on your mobile phone. The app enables you to log all these details on your screensaver in case a medic needs to see them in an emergency. The majority of allergic reactions are mild. But a severe reaction can lead to anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.

What To Do If You Have Allergies

If you think you have allergies, your first step should be to consult your doctor or to book in for allergy tests. A skin pricking test is the most common identifier for allergies. A tiny bit of the substance you think you are allergic to is pin pricked into your skin. If, after 15 minutes, a rash or bumps occur, your physician will know you have an allergic reaction. Blood tests, patch test, and elimination diets are also often used to determine what you may be allergic too. Obviously, if you have a food allergy, you avoid all foods that cause a reaction. For other allergies, you may be given antihistamines, decongestants, topical lotions or steroid medications. If you have severe allergies, particularly to food or insect bites, it is also common sense to carry an EpiPen. An EpiPen contains epinephrine, which is in fact adrenalin. An EpiPen is to administered in the case of severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock. It works by constricting blood vessels which in turn increase blood pressure, relaxes muscles and enable lungs to breathe more easily. It can also reduce swelling and hives that can occur around the face and lips when a severe allergy is under way. If you or your children are allergic to certain foods, always make sure to tell schools and restaurants, so they are aware.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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