What's Inside Your Allergy Relief Kit
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What's Inside Your Allergy Relief Kit

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. It occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances. It aggravates the sense of smell, sight, tastes and touch causing irritation, extreme disability and sometimes fatality.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. It occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances. It aggravates the sense of smell, sight, tastes and touch causing irritation, extreme disability and sometimes fatality.

Our body’s immune system is a collection of cells and organs that work individually and collectively to protect your body from outside invaders. Allergic reactions are caused by both an outside invader and the body making a mistake. When a generally harmless substance such as pollen enters your body, your immune system may mistakenly treat it like a harmful invader. How your body reacts next determines the symptoms you feel.

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Allergies to specific allergens are not inherited; however, the tendency to develop an allergy is inherited. If both parents have allergies, the child has a 65-75% chance of developing allergies. A person who is prone to allergies is described as atopic. Studies have indicated that individuals who have atopy seem to also be at greater risk for becoming asthmatic.

If you have allergies it’s advisable that you always bring with you an allergy relief kit. The top items included should be the following:

1. Skin Creams and Lotions

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For allergic skin reactions, keep small tubes of moisturizer and hydrocortisone cream in your allergy kit. Moisturizers can soothe the dry, itchy feeling, and hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation. Having this and other items handy will help you tame allergy flares -- wherever they happen.

2. Injectable Epinephrine

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If you are at risk for a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), your kit should contain injectable epinephrine, such as EpiPen or Twinject. A severe reaction may include swelling of the airways, difficulty breathing, and a significant drop in blood pressure. Severe reactions can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. The injectable epinephrine can stop or curb the dangerous reaction some people have to allergens such as certain foods, medications, or insect stings.

3. Eye Drops

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They can reduce inflammation and symptoms of itching, tearing, and swelling. When your allergies leave you red-eyed and itchy, it may be helpful to have eye drops handy.

4. Decongestants

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If stuffiness and congestion are your main concerns, include decongestants. Nasal tissues tend to swell during an allergic reaction, and decongestants counter it.

5. Nasal Sprays

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If allergies have your nose feeling dry, pack a nasal saline spray. Decongestants also come as nasal sprays. But these should not be used for more than a few days straight because they may make symptoms worse.

6. Antihistamines

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They provide quick and powerful relief for allergy symptoms, including nasal and eye symptoms, itching, and hives. They work by blocking a substance called histamine, which your immune system produces in response to allergens.

7. Medical Information

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People with life-threatening allergies should wear a medical alert bracelet. If you have milder allergies, you can store medical information on a laminated card in your allergy kit. Include your type of allergy, doctor’s name and phone number, emergency contact information, and health insurance information.

8. Bronchodilators

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Allergies can play a major role in many cases of asthma. If you're prone to asthma attacks or bronchospasms, your kit should include an inhaler.

Once your allergy kit is complete, go over the contents with your doctor. Make sure you haven't left out anything critical. Then carry your kit with you at all times in a purse or briefcase. Another option is to make multiple kits -- one for home, one for your car, and one for work. Make sure to check periodically for items that may have expired or need replacing. When you travel, be sure to store a kit in your carry-on.

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Comments (8)

This is a very important and useful article. We never know when we or our loved ones can develop an allergy. Good to be prepared. Voted up and tweeted! Thanks :)

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Thanks Rox. I actually have asthma which is a form of allergy and food allergies. I have a history of anaphylaxis, a severe fatal allergic reaction. I always carry with me an inhaler, an antihistamine or an epi-pen.

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I still have unpublished research on allergies but this one is prolific. Take care of yourself Alma and many thanks for these thoughts and awareness.

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Thanks Mr. Siojo. I'm one of those few people in our country who has anaphylaxis. It's really difficult having the worst and fatal type of allergic reaction, but it taught me to take good care of my self more.

very educational...i used to take Antihistamines

Very informative article. Useful and educational.promoted since I am out of votes.

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