Allergies on the Rise
As a child I was the only one I knew who had hayfever, yet nowadays it seems everyone has an allergy and many that are more serious. As an adult I know plenty of people who have allergies themselves, including coeliac or dairy allergies. Children are diagnosed with these much more quickly too, mostly if they have had serious reactions to food.
I’ve now noticed that my own eczema flares up and despite attempting to go dairy free I still wonder if something else is causing it. Food allergies are very common, but working out which food is causing it can be more difficult!
How to Know Which Allergy You Have?
As I mentioned it’s difficult to work out what you are allergic to. Particularly when your reaction is not immediate or strong. For me it’s more irritable, itchy skin, which can lead to cracked and bleeding hands. It’s hard to pinpoint what causes it, although I have been removing certain food types from my diet to see if that helps.
Of course it’s not just that food allergies are on the rise, but there are allergies to products too. Whether it’s laundry detergent or a cleaning product, there is always something that may cause problems.
Working out what you’re allergic to is important. If you have a suspicion that it’s a certain food or product that causes it, then try to remove it from your home for a month or two. If it doesn’t make a difference, start using it again, but try something else!
Another option is taking an allergy test. There are lots of different companies offering allergy testing, these can be taken from the comfort of your home. One of these companies is Klarify and it has some great reviews.
Klarify offer a home testing kit that you can then send off a small blood sample (from a finger prick). Your blood sample is analysed by innovative technology and the results are sent by an online report. With over 294 allergens tested, including foods, pets, mites and wasps. If you have a common allergy it is likely that this test will tell you what it is you are allergic to!
Of course home testing is not a replacement for medical attention. Once you have the test it’s a good idea to visit the GP to get the allergy confirmed and discuss what treatment may be required and how to go forward with this.
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