Common Allergies and their Remedies

Playing chess needs concentration and focus. But that is a difficult undertaking if you are suffering from certain allergies with bothering symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, itchy skin and others. At one time, I experienced playing chess with a runny nose and had some difficulty concentrating; so much more if you have an allergic reaction to certain triggers. This is especially true if the chess tournament is held in an open area like in a park where the players are exposed to the elements.


There are a number of allergy triggers and allergic reactions which can range from mild irritation of the eyes to a more severe symptom such as difficulty in breathing or generalized swelling. For people with asthma, exposure to certain allergens can trigger an asthma attack. But there are still ways to treat allergic reactions when they occur.



Pollen Allergy


Many people are allergic to pollen. This allergen normally triggers hay fever with symptoms that include nasal congestion, running nose, and itchy and watery eyes. You can prevent this allergy by staying indoors on a windy day. And when indoors, close all your windows and use air conditioning instead. If you have a history of pollen allergy, avoid playing in open spaces such as parks.


Treatment for pollen allergy includes over-the-counter and prescription medications such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Clarinex and oral decongestants such as Sudafed. You could also use nasal decongestants, steroid nasal sprays and medications that contain antihistamines and decongestants such as Allegra.


Dust Mite Allergy


Dust mites are tiny organisms that thrive on house dust. Allergic reactions are similar to pollen allergy but they could occur all year round, unlike pollen allergy which is seasonal. You can prevent dust mites by using hypoallergenic mattresses and pillows. You should also keep all areas of your home clean especially your bedroom. Treatment for mite allergy includes taking decongestants, nasal sprays or antihistamines.


Mold Allergy


Just like pollen, these parasitic fungi containing spores also float in the air. Common allergy triggers are normally present in damp places such as in bathrooms and the basement. Outdoors, they are normally present in leaf piles, mulch, hay and grass. Mold allergy is common in the summer and fall and may also occur all year round if you have molds inside your home. Its symptoms include runny nose, coughing, congestion, sneezing and watery eyes, and are very similar to pollen or dust mite allergies.


You can prevent mold allergy by avoiding activities that might expose you to these allergen, such as clearing leaves or cleaning your basement or bathroom. If you have to do it, you should wear a dust mask. Also, keep your basement and bathroom well-ventilated. To address the allergy, you could use the same treatment used in pollen and dust mite allergy.


Food Allergy


There are people who are allergic to certain kinds of food. For instance, there are people who manifest the symptoms of yeast allergy after consuming products containing yeast. Many people are also allergic to nuts, milk, eggs and wheat. Allergic reaction normally occurs within minutes or hours after consuming food triggers. The most common symptoms are swelling around the mouth area, vomiting and diarrhea. There are also rare cases among people who are allergic to corn. Corn allergy symptoms are much different than other food allergies in that they include nasal congestion, difficulty in breathing, lightheadedness, dizziness and fainting. These allergies can be prevented by avoiding their eating food triggers. Taking antihistamine and steroid drugs is a common treatment for food allergy.


If you have a history of any of the allergies listed here, it is best to avoid exposure to the allergens. But if exposure is unavoidable due to certain circumstances, you should be able to properly deal with the allergic reaction by observing the above-mentioned precautions. And if symptoms persist, seek medical attention immediately.