Eczema, food, latex and pollen allergies

balloons-1732470_640Before I met my husband (many moons ago), I’d never been exposed to allergies. 25+ years ago, growing up in my little old town of Hokitika, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, allergies and food intolerances were so uncommon that for me they were non-existent. This all changed when I met hubby and was introduced to his dust, animal dander and pollen allergies. I’d gone from blissful ignorance to full blown allergy submersion. Of course, Hubby had lived with his allergies for as long as he could remember so the learning curve was all mine, thankfully he was well versed in how to prevent a flare up, I just had to take his lead. For more on his allergies, check out my previous post “The Impacts of Our Family’s Allergies”.

Things have changed dramatically in the last 15 years or so. In fact, recently the World Allergy Organisation announced that allergies should be considered a global public health problem and that steps need to be taken to promote awareness about them. Allergies like eczema were estimated to affect 334 million globally in 2013, with an alarmingly increasing number of children being subjected to this form of allergy.

In this post I want to a bit of information about the eczema and food, latex and pollen allergies, along with their symptoms and various treatment. The information outlined below should not be considered medical advice and I urge you to seek professional medical treatment should experience any of the symptoms below.

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The Impacts of Our Family’s Allergies

Allergies impact families in different ways. For us, Ella’s diagnosis was really only the first sign she’d shown of having a food allergy so we were lucky to not have to experience a variety of reactions prior to her diagnosis.

medicine-415397_640My husband’s allergy towards dust, animal dander and pollen were harder to adapt to initially but over time we’ve got that down pat. We went through a lot of trial and error with medications for hay fever and cleaning products before we found a happy medium. One of our most successful discoveries was finding Geelong’s Cleanest Carpets, an eco-friendly carpet cleaning company here in Geelong. As carpet and rugs can hide obscene amounts of, not only dirt and dust, but the faecal matter of dust mites (to which my husband is extremely allergic) it’s important for us to get our carpets cleaned regularly in our household. Although the general consensus is to get your carpets cleaned every 12 to 18 months, we get ours done every 6 months. We can’t afford to have a build-up of dust and dirt in our carpets due to my husband’s adverse reaction.

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What Are Allergies?

peanut allergiesLet start with something simple Cathy… For those unaware or unaffected by allergies, a) LUCKY YOU and B) this blog post is for you. I’ve got the low down on the different types of allergies and touch on a few of the major allergies that affect so many.

For some, it happens almost abruptly. For others, it is subtle, gradually making itself known after some time. You feel your skin start to itch and swell up and discover a rash developing on the surface. Or maybe you begin to find it hard to breathe a few minutes later after finishing a dessert at a restaurant that you didn’t know included nuts. Yes, allergies are a common hindrance for many people throughout the world. Many reactions range from mild to life-threatening, and it’s all the more upsetting and nerve-wracking if you have a child that possibly suffers from them. It is important to know the different types of allergies so that you can learn how to spot symptoms and treat them accordingly. Let’s consider the four main types of allergies – skin contact, injection, ingestion and inhalation.

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