It is something that can make you completely miserable. When you live with an allergy, whether it’s undiagnosed, or you are prone to plenty of flare-ups it can be a very depressing, not to mention stressful, existence. Whether you are someone that can go into anaphylactic shock, or you have sniffles or cold-like symptoms, living with any form of allergy can feel like a major downer. But are there any keys to living a happier life, without stress, despite suffering?
Isolating The Triggers
Sometimes it’s very straightforward, and the triggers provide an immediate reaction, but when these triggers are in your home, it can be a very difficult thing to isolate. Sometimes if you are developing an allergy, and you don’t know what the cause is, it could be something to do with the chemicals you use in your cleaning products. Or it could be in your food. The most difficult thing when you are suffering from an undiagnosed allergy is to find the root cause by the process of elimination. And the best way to do this is to make a note of when these flare-ups occur. After a while, if you’ve amassed enough evidence, you can then begin to whittle down the root cause. Sometimes the triggers are really straightforward, but sometimes they can take a lot of detective work. And so, by looking at a list of when these flare-ups occur, you can start to isolate the real issue. Sometimes it’s not due to a reaction to a product. It could be stress related. After all, issues like hives and eczema can be the result of stress. As such, do you have something going on in your life that stressful right now? If so, you know what you have to do.
Making The Alterations
If you have an allergy that’s undiagnosed, you can then start to make the necessary changes. When it’s something as straightforward as chemicals, these days, there are many chemical-free alternatives. But when you are using the services of professionals, like carpet cleaners, it can be difficult to find the ones that don’t use chemicals. But, there are green environmentally friendly carpet cleaners out there that use friendly products that won’t flare up allergic reactions. And this is just one example. When you’re making your alterations, luckily, nowadays, there are plenty of options out there so you can live an allergy-free life. This isn’t just in terms of getting rid of the chemicals in your products, but if you are out in public, and you are eating at a restaurant, they are obliged to inform you of any allergens in their food if you ask. This is great for those that suffer from a gluten intolerance or have an allergy to nuts or milk. But the big issue that we all have when we suffer from an allergy and we have to go out in public is that these things are beyond our control. But what we have to do is make the appropriate changes in our life so that they become a learned habit. And this is very difficult at the very beginning of learning to live with an allergy. Because you are used to your old patterns. And if you are someone who’s allergic to bread, and you decide to have some for a treat, you could find that it will make the rest of your day uncomfortable, and could impact you for days to come! So instead, you’ve got to think about making the necessary alterations in your life so that they become a habit. And this can take quite a while. And for something like bread, where it tastes so good, going from that to a gluten-free alternative can be quite a shock, primarily because they can taste disgusting! But, you’ve got to think that if suffering afterward is really worth it. And you know, deep down, it is not.
Learning To Accept Your Allergies
When we are diagnosed with an allergy, especially if it makes us feel pretty miserable, that change in lifestyle can be difficult. Learning to live with the fact that we’ve got some form of allergy can feel like that we are a little bit weaker than everyone else. But, if you have an allergy, you’ve got to think about what keeping the symptoms at bay will do for the rest of your life. And if you suffer from something like a food allergy, and this means that you can’t eat bread for the rest of your life, then surely it’s a small sacrifice? And this is something very important to point out, especially as far as food allergies are concerned. Because we have to slow up proceedings in a restaurant by asking for the gluten-free menu, it can feel like we are making a mountain out of a molehill. But you know how you will feel if you decide to throw caution to the wind and have some bread. And it sounds like a very strange thing, that eating a simple morsel of bread will cause uncomfortable sensations, and you may have to spend the whole of the next day in bed. But these people don’t know how it affects you. But in this respect, we can feel somewhat embarrassed that we have an allergy, especially if it’s just something that is so common. But food allergies are on the rise, and the fact that there are more food options that don’t have milk or nuts or wheat highlights just how common it is.
It’s difficult to make the most of life when we have a lot of allergies, but if we are constantly sneezing, or we just feel headachy all of the time, it’s important to get these allergies diagnosed. Sometimes we don’t think it is an allergy, and it’s just the way we are. But the amazing thing that happens, once you’ve made these alterations to your life, is that you feel so fantastic in comparison to before, you wonder how you managed to even get by before! Living with allergies doesn’t mean you are condemned to a miserable existence.