Those who suffer from allergies can also suffer to varying degrees; quite a few need to take some kind of medication for it. In the United States, for example, allergies such as rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) tend to affect 40 to 50 million people.
Food allergies are probably one of the most common, and are often the first that many people will think of. Sufferers tend to be allergic to a wide variety of foods, and the intolerances themselves can be quite specific. Celiac disease, for example, is an intolerance to gluten. However, this is also another rarer allergy in which a person will be allergic to most processed grains, meaning that they cannot eat bread, wheat, oatmeal, or anything else that has been processed by modern agricultural methods.
Grass and pollen allergies
Grass pollen also tends to be a fairly common allergen for many people and the symptoms of this will generally manifest themselves during the summer. People with a grass allergy will often try to avoid places where there is a lot of grass, which can sometimes have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life depending on the type of outdoor activities they do. In cases like this, certain types of medications will be taken.
The best-known symptom of a grass or pollen allergy tends to be rhinitis when the nose becomes inflamed and begins to cause a significant accumulation of mucus. While this can be a nuisance in many cases, some people find that symptoms can get so bad that they end up unable to work, go to school, or even sleep.
Skin allergies can also be quite varied. The most common symptom tends to be hives and eczema, which can have a variety of different causes. Eczema, for example, is usually caused by contact with specific substances such as perfumes or latex. Other conditions that can exacerbate it may also be present, such as having particularly dry skin.
What to do if you suspect you may have an allergy
If you feel that you may have allergic reactions to certain materials or substances, it is best to first try to stop using them and see if there is any improvement. However, the best thing to do is talk to your doctor and try to make an appointment with an allergy specialist. If you suspect you have a skin condition, an appointment with a dermatologist is also a good idea.
However, the important thing is to avoid any type of medication without first consulting with a doctor. There may be a variety of other treatments that you can use before trying stronger medications.
Written by Ethan Moore