Friday, November 14, 2014

The Reasons Behind Allergies (Guest Post)

Allergies are complex and can’t be attributed to a single source. The NHS website defines the causes of allergies by stating: ‘there are thousands of allergens that can trigger allergies,’ and these can be combated in different ways. Allergies are notoriously difficult to define and can also be complex to treat.

Latex allergies

Many of those who work in hospitals, or prepare food, suffer from latex allergies as a result of wearing gloves. This is a physical reaction to the sap of the rubber tree that’s used in the production of latex. One way around this problem is to wear vinyl gloves from Brosch Direct, and you’ll soon see that any rashes caused by latex will disappear. It’s not just latex gloves that can cause a physical reaction, all sorts of rubber based products including helium balloons can also cause a problem.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is when the body over produces the antibody that’s used to fight normal infections and viruses, when it comes into contact with grasses, pollens and a myriad of other triggers. Essentially your immune system is confused and immunoglobulin is created unnecessarily. This results in the production of histamine, which causes the runny noses, the tightening of the muscles and the itchiness that’s associated with so many allergies. 

Carpets harbour dust mites

Asthma sufferers should steer clear of dirty carpets, or, if possible carpets all together. Carpets harbour dust mites. According to the charity Asthma UK, ‘90% of people with asthma say dust triggers their asthma. This is actually a reaction to the droppings of dust mites… and can be found in carpets, bedding, soft furnishings and toys’. The organisation also advises that it’s not just mites that can act as an allergy trigger. Some cleaning products can also set off an asthma attack.

Grass can cause hay fever
Those who suffer from allergies to carpets may also find that life is no easier outdoors. Grass and pollens can cause hay fever, this condition is on the increase and causes months of red eyes, runny noses and breathing difficulties to those who are diagnosed with this allergy.

Recent studies show that those who grow up in a smoker’s household, have been exposed to dust mites or have over used antibiotics, may be more at risk than others. GP surgeries often see a spike in visits during the summer and according to The Guardian: ‘In June this year  11,873 people in England and Wales visited their doctor because of hay fever-type symptoms.’ The main age groups that are affected by this allergen are 5 to 14 years old, though people of all ages can develop the condition.

Food can also act as an allergy trigger

Peanut allergies affect 1.4% of children. Anyone who suffers from an allergy to peanuts can go into anaphylactic shock, as can those who are allergic to shellfish and any other types of food. The charity Allergy UK believes that those who suffer from these allergies can face life-threatening symptoms, so their problems should always be taken seriously. It’s important that those suffering from food allergies wear a ‘Medic Alert’ bracelet at all times.

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