Living With Allergies

Reviewed by: HU Medical Review Board

Living with allergies can be a challenge. You need to learn to avoid your triggers. If you cannot avoid them and have a reaction, you will need to treat yourself quickly. You also have to buy medicine, which can be expensive, and keep up with school and work.

Whether you have food, environmental, latex, or insect sting allergies, you will need to learn many coping skills. These skills will keep you healthier and more comfortable. Here are a few suggestions for how you can manage your condition while still enjoying life.

Educating others about allergies

If you have allergies, you may have to manage other people’s misunderstandings about your health needs. Other people may underestimate the seriousness of your symptoms or fail to appreciate the precautions you must take to avoid your triggers.

Knowing the facts can help you educate yourself and others, and stop the spread of harmful misinformation. Learn more about some common myths about allergies.

Safety in the healthcare setting

If you have a latex allergy, going to the doctor can be a challenge. This is because so much medical equipment and supplies contain latex. The good news is that most medical professionals are familiar with how serious latex allergies can be and know how to help you safely manage your care. The key is to communicate your latex allergy to every person who is going to come in contact with you.

Eating out safely

Going out to eat is something most people do without a second thought. But for those with food allergies, eating out can be challenging or even dangerous. The good news is, you probably do not have to avoid dining out if you have a food allergy. There are steps you can take to enjoy restaurants safely.

Improving indoor air quality

If you have environmental allergies, indoor air quality can have a large impact on the way you feel. Allergies to dust, mold, household pests, and pollen can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and problems breathing. Improving the indoor air quality can play a large role in decreasing allergen exposure and reducing allergy symptoms.

Creating better air quality in your home does not have to be hard. HEPA filters are usually easy to install but can be expensive. Removing rugs and curtains can be easy and free, but replacing flooring can be expensive too. It just takes money, time, and dedication.1,2

Finding support

If you or a loved one has an allergy, there are great nonprofits and resources out there to help. These organizations offer well-researched information about allergies and other support.

You can also educate yourself by learning some of the words your doctor is most likely to use when talking to you about your allergies.

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