Allergy Advice and ID Bracelets
Unfortunately for thousands of people in the UK – and the rest of the world – allergies are something that they have to live with their whole lives.
From hayfever to problems with medicines such as penicillin, there is usually no cure for the condition and it is something that the sufferer has to manage themselves.
In many cases, people can experience an allergy to everyday foods such as cheese, nuts and eggs, all of which they need to give a wide birth if they do not want to end up in the kind of situation that requires someone to check their allergy ID bracelet and call an ambulance.
For those who are lucky enough to be allergy-free, there are some handy hints and tips that they should bear in mind, as well as useful facts about the problem, that may help them should they ever come into contact with an allergy jewellery-wearer.The NHS explains that "allergy is the term used to describe an adverse (bad) reaction that the body has to a particular substance".
In the majority of cases these substances are not harmful and have no effect on people who are not allergic, although of course, to some sufferers, they can be deadly. Around one in four people in the UK are affected by allergies and have to wear an allergy alert bracelet at some point in their lives - and the health body points out that this figure is on the rise.
What triggers an allergic reaction?
There are many different types of allergen out there, but the NHS notes that three of the most common are pollen, dust mites and nuts. When these allergens come into contact with people they trigger the immune system, which wrongly recognises the substance to be a threat.
As a result, the body releases antibodies to fight this, which then causes the person to suffer from an allergic reaction.
The severity of this varies on the individual and how they came into contact with the allergen, but it is a time when an allergy ID bracelet can come in very handy to inform others of the problem.
Of course, the most effective way to treat an allergy is avoid the trigger altogether, but there are several options available to those looking to treat the symptoms, which include things such as rashes, a runny nose and sneezing.
Nasal sprays, eye drops, decongestants and antihistamines, which block the action of the chemical histamine, can all be beneficial, as can leukotriene receptor antagonists.
Before a person invests in an allergy alert bracelet they need to be sure that they do have an allergy and that it has been properly diagnosed. The best way to do this, as with any medical condition, is to go and see a doctor as soon as they become suspicious that something might be wrong.
It is important for the patient to inform their doctor as accurately as possible of the symptoms they are experiencing and when they occur.
Tests can then be carried out to confirm the allergy, including a blood test, a patch test – which is used to find the allergen causing eczema or contact dermatitis – or a skin prick test.
But the NHS does have a word of warning, saying that "the use of commercial allergy testing kits is not recommended" as they are often "of a lower standard than that provided by the NHS or accredited private clinics".
"Also, it is important that the results of the test are interpreted by a qualified professional who has detailed knowledge of your symptoms and medical history," the health body adds.
Whatever form of the condition people experience, an allergy alert bracelet is always a quick and easy way of informing others about the problem and may help to save their lives.
To find out more information about allergies and how they can be treated, have a look at the NHS website.