Stop Your Sneezes & Stomachaches With Allergy Testing

May might be better known for the end of the school year, exam season, and of course Mother’s Day, but it’s also a big month for those who suffer from both environmental and food allergies.

Not only is May designated Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, it’s also Celiac Disease Awareness Month! This means now is a great time to educate yourself, your family, and your employees on how allergies of all types impact your health — and how you can lessen their effects. We have the details below!

The Affects of Allergies (And How to Prevent Them)

Seasonal & Environmental Allergies

 Affects of Seasonal Allergies

When spring rolls around, pollen counts typically rise — and with them, allergy rates. Those who suffer from environmental allergies know their affects and symptoms all too well. They can include:

  • Nasal congestion and inflammation
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Asthma

Preventing & Treating Seasonal AllergiesTest Smartly Labs | Food Allergies & Environmental Allergies

There are a variety of ways to treat and prevent the symptoms of seasonal allergies, including:

  • Avoiding the outdoors on particularly dry and windy days, as these conditions stir up pollen and other allergens
  • Removing and washing clothes that have been worn outside and showering after going outdoors
  • Monitoring pollen counts (listen to TV or radio forecasts, check the newspaper, or seek out counts online)
  • Close windows and doors at night or during the day if pollen counts are high
  • Avoid outside activities when pollen counts are high, particularly in the early mornings 
  • Use your home’s air conditioning unit and pair with high-efficiency filters that you replace regularly
  • Try adjusting indoor air with a dehumidifier
  • Vacuum regularly, preferably with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter
  • Taking an over-the-counter or prescribed medication, such as oral antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal sprays

Food Allergies & Sensitivities

Affects of Food Allergies

Food allergies don’t just affect your stomach or your mouth. They can have more wide-ranging affects on your body and overall health, including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Breathing problems, such as wheezing
  • Gastrointestinal affects, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Itching or tingling in the mouth
  • Itchy skin, hives, or eczema
  • Inflammation in the lips, face, throat, or tongue
  • Constricted or tightened airways
  • Extreme blood pressure drop
  • Quickened pulse
  • Lose of consciousness

Treating Food Allergies

Since some food allergies can be life-threatening, it’s important to know the steps to prevent and treat food allergies, such as:

  • Cutting foods you are allergic or sensitive to from your diet
  • Alerting friends, family members, and coworkers about your food allergy or insensitivity to prevent exposure
  • Carefully reading food labels and asking restaurants about dish contents before consumption
  • Using antihistamines to control mild reactions
  • Carrying an allergy kit if your doctor prescribes one to you
  • Seeking more urgent medical care in case of serious reactions 

Get Allergy Testing at Test Smartly Labs

Before you can get the proper treatment for your environmental and food allergies, you need to identify the sources of your allergies or insensitivities. Allergy testing at Test Smartly Labs is a quick, easy, and painless process. We have a wide variety of allergy testing available, including testing for environmental and food allergies, and even food sensitivities!

To learn more about our allergy testing, contact your nearest wellness-certified Test Smartly Labs today.

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