Don’t you just hate it? Well, I use to when I was young. I was allergic to everything. Dust pollen, tree pollen, grass pollen, dew, or “Other” (anything else not listed). I never took allergy pills or took a shot. I prefer to not take pills unless it’s a necessity. But others aren’t so fortunate. It’s a matter of breathing or not breathing for them, and this is the time of year, when people are typically impacted by allergies the most. Yes, they’re smiling to see the ending of winter and the beginning of spring. But, a lot of people are not so happy, as it’s the time of year they suffer from terrible allergies. Most of the things I have read say that about one in every five Americans are stricken by allergies. Many OTC and home remedies work just fine for many. But for many others, their outbreaks are so severe that they take lots of prescription meds and in some cases, allergy shots.
The types of allergies that affect people include things like grass, tree pollen, and cat and dog dander, or dust mites. Some people even have food allergies. A lot of people become gravely ill and may die if they don’t receive treatment quickly, though many just suffer from wheezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, and nasal congestion. Peanuts and peanut butter are high on the list of allergens. I love nuts and especially, peanuts and peanut butter. I’m glad I am not allergic. I would be too sad. Sadder than sad.
If you have allergies, it’s important to let people you spend time with know about them and what to do if you have a reaction. Many people are only mildly affected; but a lot of people lose the ability to breathe or even speak. In a matter of seconds, their airways close up, nearly choking them to death. Doctors recommend you create some laminated index cards with your known allergens, the medications you take, or shots you may need and where to find them. This is especially important if someone is around you who is not familiar with it. You can also get a Medic-Alert bracelet, anklet, or necklace.
For additional information on allergies for yourself or for a friend or a family member, see the links below. Allergies are frustrating but are also manageable.