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Do you suffer from allergies?  If you do, your skin may be impacted, often in more ways than one.  Unfortunately, skin allergies are one of the most uncomfortable types of allergies to deal with.  This is because the rashes that many develop can not only be unattractive, but they can also be itchy and painful.

One of the most common questions asked by those who suffer from skin allergies is how they can go about seeking relief.  There are a number of steps that can be and should be taken.  One of those steps involves determining what is causing an allergic reaction.  For example, do you develop a rash right after doing yard work?  If you do, you may have seasonal allergies.  Do you develop a rash after holding a cat?  If you do, you may have pet allergies, and so forth.

If you do not already know what it causing your skin to have an allergic reaction, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor.  If you are covered by health insurance, you have nothing to lose by making an appointment.  This is important, as many individuals are surprised to learn that what they thought was causing an allergic reaction, isn’t the main trigger factor.  Some individuals are even more surprised to learn that they may have multiple trigger factors, like certain foods or chemicals that are found in many household products, such as laundry detergents.

One of the many reasons why you will want to consider seeing a doctor is because they can help you determine what you are allergic to safely.  Of course, you can try your own experiments at home, but you will want to proceed with caution.  This is important if you think the cause of your skin rash or allergic reaction is food, as your symptoms can become much more severe.  That is why you are advised against performing your own allergy tests at home, but if you do, just make sure that you aren’t alone when doing so.

Once you are able to determine what is causing your skin to have an allergic reaction, you can better go about seeking relief.  First, over-the-counter allergy medications may be examined.  There are also lotions and creams that can provide you with relief from itching and or hives.  If you visit your doctor, he or she may be able to recommend specific products to you.  If you do not visit a doctor, you should be able to still speak with one of your pharmacists to ask for their input on a certain over-the-counter allergy relief product, free of charge.

It is also important to know that you can seek relief without the use of over-the-counter products.  For example, oatmeal when mixed with one cup of boiling water, let cooled, and then strained can provide relief to those who have hives.  The water extracted from the oatmeal can be dabbed on the skin.  You can also reduce your skin reactions by eliminating or significantly reducing your trigger factors.  For example, if you are a pet owner who cannot bear to part with your pet, consider not holding them or petting them without gloves, keeping them out of your bedroom, and investing in an air purifier.

As highlighted above, there are a number of different reasons why you may have an allergic reaction to the skin.  Regardless of the cause though, there are a number of ways that you can go about seeking relief.

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Do you think that you may have a pet allergy?  If you do, you may be curious as to what some of the symptoms of having a pet allergy are.  If this is information that you would like to have, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to pet allergies, it is sometimes difficult for some individuals to determine if they truly do have a pet allergy.  This is because some of the symptoms that many individuals experience can be caused by other allergies or another, completely different medical complication.  That is why it is advised that those who think they may have a pet allergy seek medical advice.

Although the symptoms of having a pet allergy can sometimes be related to another allergy or another medical issue, there are many common symptoms.  Sneezing is one of those symptoms.  If you regularly find yourself sneezing when pets are present, most commonly cats and dogs, you may have a pet allergy.

In addition to sneezing, those who experience a runny nose or those who have nasal congestion may also be suffering from a pet allergy.  As with sneezing, it is important to determine if these symptoms are present when you are around pets only.  This is because these symptoms are not only present with other allergies, but they can also sometimes be attributed to a cold.  Another related symptom to these pet allergies symptom is that of post nasal drip.

Itchy or watery eyes are another common symptom of having a pet allergy.  If you experience itchy or watery eyes when you are around a cat, dog, or another pet, you may have a pet allergy.  As for why itchy or watery eyes are a symptom, it is because the pet dander, which many sufferers are allergic to, can get into the eyes and cause irritation, especially when rubbed more.

A skin rash that may resemble an eczema outbreak is another sign or symptom of a pet allergy.  In fact, eczema is most commonly associated with trigger factors that individuals are allergic to.  A rash is likely to develop after you come into close contact with a pet or dog, especially if you held or pet the dog.  Should you develop a skin rash, it is important not to itch, no matter how much it feels like you need to do so, as more skin irritation can occur.

Unfortunately, those individuals who suffer from pet allergies are also likely to suffer from asthma as well.  The two combined can lead to painful and irritating symptoms, which tend to include lung congestion, shortness of breath, and wheezing.  If you are unable to use medication to seek relief right away, medial attention may be needed.

As it was previously stated, some of the symptoms that many suffering from pet allergies experience can be attributed to other complications.  The good news is that it can be relatively easy for you to tell.  For example, most individuals experience problems and see the above mentioned symptoms displayed within minutes of coming into contact with a pet.  This is a good way to tell if you are suffering from a pet allergy, not another allergy or even a common cold.

As for what causes these symptoms, most individuals are allergic to animal danger, which is the skin that an animal flakes and sheds.  With that said, some do experience problems with animal urine, pet hair, and saliva.  A doctor or a few experiments performed safely at home can give you a better idea as to what from a pet is causing you to have an allergic reaction.

Speaking of which, it was previously stated, that some individuals have problems with pet hair.  That is why many pet owners take steps to make sure their pet’s hair is short.  Of course, there is usually no harm that comes from doing so, but many individuals still do not see the relief that they had hoped for.  This is because, as previously stated, most are allergic to pet dander, which is the pets flaky skin, not the hair.

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Are you the parent of a child who has a peanut allergy?  If you are and if this is a first time experience for you, you may be looking for some guidance. After all, knowing that your child’s life is, literally, in your hands, can be overwhelming for many parents.

One of the first things that you will want to do, as a parent, is talk to your child about their peanut allergy.  This is important to do as soon as your child can understand the concept of allergies and not eating certain foods.  This time often occurs at the preschool level.  You may need to talk to your child more than once, but it is important to let them know what could happen if they share food with friends or classmates.  If your child is older or a teenager, you can teach them proactive steps, such as checking all food labels.

As important as it is to talk to your child about their peanut allergy, it is extremely important to talk to anyone who may come into contact with your child.  These individuals include teachers, school nurses, family members, and parents of friends.  You may be surprised to know that many food allergies, including allergic reactions to peanuts, happen when a parents is not present.  That is why it is extremely important that all adults know about your child’s allergic reactions to peanuts.  When your child leaves your home to visit friends or family, pack safe snacks for them to eat.

If you and your child are known for eating out, it is important that you ask as many questions as possible.  You should do so at all eating establishments, but it is particularly important to do at a bakery.  Are all baked goods made in the same spot, like on the same table?  Even if not, are gloves changed?  What are the chances that a peanut or peanut butter can make its ways into other foods?  You should know before feeding your child anything that you did not prepare yourself.

Speaking of the foods that you do prepare yourself, be sure to read all food labels.  When doing so, you may be surprised just how many products have warnings that claim that peanuts may be present.  Even if they only “may,” be, you are still advised to proceed with caution and skip.  Also, make sure that you always read labels, as food manufacturers are known for updating or changing their ingredients.

It is also important to know how to handle a reaction.  There is a good chance that your child’s doctor will teach you the proper steps that you should take, which will likely include administering medicine to help your child breathe.  It is also important to educate those around you too.  Make sure that all relatives, parents of friends, and school teachers know what to do in the event of an allergic reaction to peanuts.  If medication is provided by your doctor, which it should be, make sure the school has some and always carry the medication with you, like in your car or in your purse.

The above mentioned tips are just a few of the many tips that you will want to keep in mind, should your child have a peanut allergy.  It is no secret that caring for a child with a peanut allergy can be difficult and stressful, as you really do need to watch every step that you and your child take.  For that reason, there are a number helpful books out there for parents like yourself, as well as online message boards where support is provided, often by other parents just like you.

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Do you develop hives after eating a certain food?  Do you find it difficult to breathe after eating a certain food?  If you do, you may be suffering from a food allergy.  Unfortunately, for some individuals it isn’t so easy to tell if they are.  This is most commonly the case when symptoms are not severe.  For more information to help you determine if you do have a food allergy, please continue reading on.

One of the best ways to determine if you are suffering from a food allergy is to visit your healthcare provider.  Many develop tests or trails to determine which food or foods you are allergic to, if any.  It is also a good idea to visit a doctor if you suspect that you may have a food allergy, as they may be able to provide you with information and tips on making a lifestyle change, which may include eliminating the food or foods that are causing your problems.  Medication may also be given.

As previously stated, hives are a good indication that you may be suffering from a food allergy.  In fact, hives are one of the most common symptoms experienced by those who do have a food allergy.  Hives are easy to notice and spot.  If you develop hives, they can be treated with use of oatmeal.  A great home remedy involves taking a cup of bowling water and pouring it over oatmeal.  After a few minutes strain, then let cool some more and dab on the hives with a cotton ball or cloth.  While this home remedy will help with your hives, it is still important to determine which foods are causing them.

Swelling of the tongue and throat are two more common symptoms of a food allergy.  These symptoms can, unfortunately, lead to difficult breathing.  If you ever experience these symptoms, you will want to seek medical attention right away.  This is important if you have not officially been diagnosed as having a food allergy, as you may not have helpful medication on hand.  

Those who suffering from food allergies who have a reaction may also feel light headed or experience a loss of conscious.  If this happens to you, it is important that medical attention is sought right away. In fact, death can be the results if improper medical attention and care.  That is why it is important to seek medical attention the moment that you suspect you may have a food allergy.  As previously stated, hives are a good sign that you may.  You should seek the advice of a professional in the medical field before your symptoms are able escalate.

Once you have officially been diagnosed as having a food allergy, it is important that you let those around you know of your diagnosis.  This is particularly important if you regularly eat dinner at the homes of your friends or relatives.  Those individuals will need to know what not to include in their meals or they can make alternative arrangements for you.  This notification is also important in case you have a reaction.  As previously stated, those that are around you need to know the proper way to react, whether it be administering medication or calling for an ambulance.

As stated above, it is important that you seek medical attention if you suspect that you have an allergy to food.

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Are you the parent of a child who suffers with food allergies?  If you are, you may be looking for some helpful tips to cope with your child’s medical condition.  

One of the first things that you will want to do is talk to your child about their food allergy.  This is most important to do with preschoolers and young elementary school aged children.  It is common for this age group to switch snacks or share snacks with their friends or classmates, but it isn’t always safe to do so.  The younger that you have this conversation with your child, the better it will be.  For small children, be sure to discus your child’s food allergy with them more than once.  For older children and teenagers, teach them how they can read food labels themselves.

In addition to talking to your child, be sure to talk to anyone and everyone that comes into contact with your child.  This includes teachers, school nurses, daycare providers, relatives, and parents of friends.  A large number of food reactions happen outside of the home when a parent is not present.  If you are sending your child to visit family or a friend, it may be a wise idea to send your own bag of safe, approved snacks.

As for feeding a child with food allergies at home, it is important to read all labels.  Some foods, even those that may not contain nuts or wheat, may still have a warning stating that these products may be found in the food.  If so, it is best to stay away.  It is also important that you read the labels of foods that your child will eat every time.  To some parents this may seem like a waste of time, but manufacturers are known to change their recipes and the ingredients that they use.  For that reason, it is better to be safe than sorry.

When eating away from home with your child, like at a fast food restaurant, a nice sit down resultant, deli, or bakery, it is always a good idea to ask questions first.  This is most important to do at delis and bakeries.  Are all foods made on the same spot?  At a deli, is a different meat cutter used for meats and cheeses?  They should be if your child has allergies to milk and other dairy products.  Is there a chance that a certain food, like peanuts or wheat may have been used or even just casually made their way into other products?

It is also important that you know how to handle an allergic reaction to food.  Be sure that those around you and your child know how to handle a food reaction as well.  If your child is given medication to take in the event of an allergic reaction, make sure that medication is with you and your child at all times.  At school or for daycare, give the medication to the school nurse or daycare provider.  If your child is visiting friends or family, be sure to give the medication to the adult and let them know when it needs to be used, if at all.

If your child has an allergic reaction to something that they ate, it is important to determine right away if your child needs medical attention.  Many parents like to seek medication attention for their kids even if it appears that they are okay.  This is more than possible to do, especially if the food allergy is relatively new or if it is the first couple of times that you are dealing with an allergic reaction.

As you can see, there are a number of important tips that you must keep in mind and know if you are the parent of a child who suffers from a foods allergy, especially a peanut allergy.  Since most allergic reactions happen when a parent is not around, be sure to keep all adults that have contact with your child well informed.