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How to manage allergies at home

Last updated on: December 8, 2012 15:58 IST

There is no cure for allergies, but the symptoms which we get from exposure to allergens can be relieved.

Recently, we brought you a breakdown of the various allergies people suffer from and what causes them.

Now, we bring you techniques of coping with allergies at home.

Avoidance of allergens

An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to any foreign substance such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, food, insect stings, medicine etc. Allergies cause symptoms that can range from mild irritation to life-threatening anaphylaxis and even death.

Here's what you can do, therefore, to avoid allergens:

Anaphylaxis

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Reactions to pollen can bring on anaphylaxis

This is a potentially life-threatening reaction which occurs in case of extremely sensitive allergies and in response to a wide range of substances such as insect venom, pollen, certain foods and medicines. Your lips and eyes can swell; the throat can also swell, causing difficulty in breathing and shock.

Nasal rinse technique

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Baking soda, when mixed with water, can relieve nasal congestion

This is used in case of extreme nasal and sinus congestion, when symptoms are not reducing with over-the-counter drugs.

Rashes

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Rashes are common in case of an allergic reaction

Rashes are common in case of an allergic reaction, but in case of drug rashes, contact a physician as soon as possible.

Insect stings

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Insect stings can bring on an allergic reaction

Symptoms may include swelling, pain, redness, blisters and itching at the site.

Medication

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Medication reduces the body's reaction to allergens

These reduce the body's reaction to allergens or block the causable symptoms with chemicals.