Control Your Allergy

Control Your Allergy

Always have your Adrenaline Autoinjector if indicated

A person can control allergy symptoms by following appropriate management strategy. Following are the general management strategy to improve health and wellbeing and thereby contributing to the improvement in allergy.

1. Clean your home once a week

2. Wash your garments with warm water and dry under sunlight

3. Wear face mask in cold weather, in windy season and in pollen season

4. Stay away from pets if you are allergic to pet dander

5. Remove carpeting and install hardwood or linoleum flooring

6. Encase pillows, mattresses in dustproof covers

7. Use air purifier /air conditioner

8. Eat healthy food and vegetables

9. Always check food labels if you have food allergy

10. Get Flu vaccine and Pneumonia vaccine

Point to be remembered in managing Allergy

Avoidance of the offending allergen is the best way to prevent allergy. One should know the causative agent to which he is allergic. A person is allergic to certain foods or had severe allergic reaction to a particular food then with he must be cautious when eating in restaurants and in social events.

Follow these steps:

  • Follow general guideline for any allergic patients as described above.
  • Know what you’re eating and drinking. Always read the food labels while you eating something.
  • If you already had a severe reaction/anaphylaxis, wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace that will alert others that you had anaphylaxis.
  • Have an action plan ready. Always have an action plan of your allergy. This action plan will be prepared by your Allergist.
  • Have an Epinephrine / Adrenaline Autoinjector with you if you had anaphylaxis. 
  • Be careful while eating at restaurants.
  • Plan your meals and snacks before leaving home.

If your child has allergy, you must follow few steps to ensure your child is safe:

  • Always notify key people about the child’s allergy. Inform your child care providers, school personnel, parents of your child’s friends that your child has allergen. Tell them that certain food allergy may be life threatening and may require urgent intervention to save life of the child.
  • Explain allergy symptoms to persons who spend time with the child.
  • Have a written action plan.This plan should include the appropriate management strategies to care the child in case of allergy and in emergency case of anaphylaxis. One copy of the plan must be given to school authority.
  • Have your child wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace to display that he/she has severe allergy/anaphylaxis.
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