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By Themedica on October 22, 2007 8:57 AM |
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It may sound unscrupulous that you can even get weird allergies from things like chocolates, deodorants, milk, dust, mobile phones, touch pad, tea, coffee and many more products. You are getting frightened, rushing to doctor, and burning holes in your pockets. Relax, take a sigh of relief as these allergies are curable. Allergy, also called as hypersensitivity, is a reaction or response of your immune system to various foreign substances such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, food, insect stings, mold spores, drugs and other environmental pollutants. When these allergens comes in close proximity of the body, then it causes an allergic reaction.

There are so many types of allergies such as:

Chocolate Allergy: This type of allergy is very rare and it develops when a person is allergic to cocoa or other food additives in chocolate. Sometimes, a chocolate packet may contain mouse droppings or some insect which when consumed can also result into allergic reactions. The common symptoms of this type of allergy are acne, asthma, anxiety, depression, headaches, hay fever, eczema, hives, rectal itching, heartburn, coronary problems and skin irritation. In some cases, chocolate allergy may lead to diseases as serious as chronic asthma and anaphylaxis. If you are allergic to chocolate or cocoa then you need to avoid foods like cakes, candies, cocoa butter, liquor, and cocoa powder. In order to prevent yourself from getting affected by this allergy, you need to make few changes in dietary intake for suppressing the reaction. Medicines like antihistamines, topical creams, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and epinephrine can be taken to treat the symptoms associated with chocolate allergy.

Deodorant Allergy: Deodorants or perfumes that you wear daily can also trigger some sort of allergic reactions. These are basically antiperspirant applied to the skin for suppressing body odors. In this type of allergy, your body tends to develop different reactions like sneezing, watery eyes and nose, headaches, rashes, series of red and inflamed bumps, itching or burning sensation at the areas where the skin is thin and quite sensitive. A wide array of tests like patch tests, skin prick tests and blood tests can be performed to diagnose deodorant allergy. There are myriad of ways that can help you prevent contracting allergies from deodorant. When buying deodorant, always check its ingredients first and then perform mini patch tests to identify whether this product is too strong for you or not. At the time of putting deodorant make sure that it is sprayed on the clothes, not on your skin.

Milk Allergy: Milk allergy occurs when the proteins present in the cow’s milk reacts with the immune system of our body. This type of allergy is generally seen in infants as their digestive system are not often strong for digesting milk and milk based products properly. Even adults are also susceptible to milk allergies. The consumption of milk can result into different types of ailments such as wheezing, vomiting, hives, loose stools, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, running nose, and skin rashes. In some critical conditions, it may lead to asthma, eczema and gastro intestinal problems. If you are suffering from milk allergy, then the first precautionary step that you are needed to avoid milk and resort to other alternatives such as soymilk, soy butter, fruit juice, puddings, soy and rice-based deserts ice pops and other non dairy products. Apart from this, anti allergy drugs like oral sodium cromoglycate can also taken to prevent adverse reactions.

Mobile Phone Allergy: Scientifically known as mobile phone mast electromagnetism, is a type of allergy in which radiation or microwaves generated by the mobile phones can trigger an allergic response in those who are suffering from eczema or dermatitis. The mobile phones that we use may increase resting blood pressure, confusion, anxiety and short-term memory loss. Radio waves emitted out from the mobile phones have the tendency to disrupt some part of the brain that are used for controlling memory and learning. In a recent study, it has been affirmed that the mobile phone users are more likely to develop fatigues, frequent headaches or even brain cancer. So in order to avoid getting affected from mobile allergies, the first step is to buy radiation shields for the mobiles and secondly moving the aerial of the phone 8 inches from your head would somehow reduce exposure to some extent. Anti allergic drugs or medicines can be taken to cure blood pressure, anxiety and headaches.

Dust Allergy: The presence of dust mites in our day to day surrounding also causes some types of allergies in our body. Dust mites are basically microscopic organisms that flourish in humid and warm places. Dust mites excrete a number of protein substances which when inhaled or touched to the skin, then it results in production of anti bodies. This type of allergy can cause hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, itching, asthma and infantile eczema. To diagnose this allergy, various clinical tests like skin tests and blood tests can be undertaken. It can be avoided by using antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops, cromones, corticosteroids, and anticholinergics can be used for getting rid of the allergy symptoms. Apart from medications, regular cleaning of your house and office environment is very much essential for reducing the dust particles.

I-Pod Allergy: I-pods are mostly made up of nickel and palladium metal, which can cause allergic reactions in our body. Excessive use of iPods could also lead to hearing loss. It can even result into a lifelong ailment. For avoiding this type of allergy, one should not use iPods frequently and in case of hearing problems, one should consult a doctor and take proper treatment for curing hearing ailments.

Alcohol Allergy: It is an allergic reaction caused by intake of alcohol. This allergy basically occurs because of inadequacy of an enzyme namely Aldehyde Dehydrogenase, which is required for metabolizing the alcohol into acetic acid. The consumption of alcohol may trigger rashes, difficulty in breathing, stomach cramps or collapse, drop in blood pressures, headache and a chronic disease known as anaphylaxis. Various steps can be adopted to avoid alcohol allergy such as cutting or stopping the intake of alcohol and use of drugs like Metronidazole (antibiotic) and Griseofulvin (antifungal) can also help in preventing these allergic reactions.

So, if you are suffering from any one of these allergies, then don’t panic. It is also not a necessity that you have to visit a doctor and spend money for its treatment. You may also follow some preventive measures at home and live an allergy free life. Once you know that some type of allergy affects you then minimize or prevent the direct contact with those allergen factors and always use only those medicines prescribed by a recognized practitioner.

Info Source : Allergy Medicines, Herbal Supplements, Medicated Personal Care, Alternative Medicine


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